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Rivers cleanup this weekend

Volunteers sought for annual activity

POSTED: November 1, 2013 12:26 a.m.

There’s still time to volunteer for Forsyth County’s annual Rivers Alive Cleanup on Saturday.

Kevin Smith, community outreach specialist with Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, said the county’s event is set for 9 a.m. at Mary Alice Park.

The effort, which is held in conjunction with a statewide event, will send volunteers to one of up to 15 locations to pick up trash.

“There are cleanups going on all over the state,” Smith said. “Last year was an exceptional year ... right now, it looks like we’re going for a considerable drop [in volunteers] from last year.”

In Forsyth, Smith expects about 100 participants, but hopes for more. Most volunteers will be given locations along shores and bridges, but there will be several who will clean up via boat, including a group of canoe paddlers.

“I’m going to focus on bridge crossings and areas that are in close proximity to roadways will typically generate a lot more trash,” he said.

Smith added that the heavy rains this year could have contributed to the dip in volunteerism for the statewide river effort. It’s also made cleaning more difficult.

“Rain is a double-edged sword. You want the quantity,” he said. “But as a group that seeks out trash, you really want a lot of shoreline. It limits the amount of places we can send folks to.”


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