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Cleanup targets Forsyth waters

Rivers Alive seeks more volunteers

POSTED: October 31, 2012 11:59 p.m.

It seems that Keep Forsyth County Beautiful volunteers were just out cleaning Lake Lanier’s shoreline.

But one month later, the organization is looking for more people to go back out and take care of the rest of the area’s waterways Saturday during the 2012 Rivers Alive Cleanup.

“This focus is on everything. It can be streams, wetlands … rivers,” said Kevin Smith, KFCB community outreach specialist.

“We will mostly be focusing on areas like the Etowah River, and there are a lot of small creeks within the city limits that I want to hit this year that a lot of people don’t realize are even there,” he said.

Smith is hoping to get 100-150 volunteers for the cleanup, part of a larger year-round state initiative to keep Georgia’s waterways clean.

Though conditions this week are cold and windy, it’s good cleanup weather, Smith said.

For one, there are fewer “critters” lurking about.

“There are a lot fewer worries when it’s colder. Vegetation has died back. It’s colder, but for a lot of reasons, it’s a lot more fun to do it when it’s colder,” Smith said.

For the most part, the cleanup effort will not involve going in the water, he said, but “you will get dirty and you will get muddy.”

Volunteers should dress warm and in layers. The cleanup will provide latex gloves and water.



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