By Dr. Karen Bell, Keep Liberty Beautiful.
It is that time of the year when we focus on water awareness and the importance of cleaning our waterways. Who doesn’t like to make a splash in the water on a nice hot day?
Litter and debris can make something so wonderful, like our water, so disgusting. Having clean water is something that people take for granted every day. To have the water we need to drink, fish, and swim in, we must protect our local waterways. Your chance to make a difference for clean and healthy water is happening this month. The condition of our local creeks, streams, rivers, and even the ocean is determined by our choices every day.
So this month, make a positive difference by volunteering on October 23rd for the Thirteenth Annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County.
Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events are also part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy. Rivers Alive mission is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. In Liberty County, we hold our main Rivers Alive cleanup day on national Make a Difference Day which this year is on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Rivers Alive in Liberty County is a registered event for this national volunteer drive.
The health of our waterways depends on us. At Rivers Alive, we can make a difference as volunteers by stopping litter in its tracks at over forty locations in our county. Trash that begins its life as litter in the west end of the county is just as devastating as trash tossed from a boat in the Intercoastal Waterway. Unfortunately, waste travels!
We have cleanups throughout the county because our community is full of wetlands. About 40% of Liberty County is actually marshes, creeks, streams, and rivers. It is crucial to stop litter before it makes its journey downstream. Our goal is to have more than 1,000 volunteers this year. Last year we had 946, and with your help, we can actually surpass that! We already have several groups registered with over 423 volunteers at this point! Thanks to all the folks who have already registered to volunteer, but we still need YOU. In just a few hours of your time on Saturday, October 23rd, you can make a powerful difference where you live.
Thanks to our main Liberty County Rivers Alive sponsor, SNF, our volunteers will receive snacks, drinks, and T-Shirts. Due to COVID19, SNF will not provide the fabulous cookout for our volunteers like they usually do. Cities are also helping to feed the volunteers this year. KLB will provide all the cleanup supplies for our hardworking volunteers. So, plan to make a difference and contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful. You can call (912) 880-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If October 23, 2021, does not work for you and your group, we can schedule a cleanup date that is best for you. You can also use this link to signup for Rivers Alive https://forms.gle/Tp5SoymYnBGsmFwk7 KLB was accepted in the Bridgestone’s Tires4ward program, so Keep Liberty Beautiful, with the partnership with the Liberty County Road Department and Solid Waste, has organized a Tire Round UP! The Tire Round Up event is on October 23, 2021, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Please visit the KLB website www.keeplibertybeautiful. org for more information.
From Gum Branch to Yellow Bluff, our waterways need YOU! Do not take clean water for granted! Join us for a Rivers Alive cleanup event and turn in any unwanted tires at the Tire Round-Up!