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Volunteers needed for Rivers Alive
Cleanup effort is planned for Saturday
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Forsyth County News

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The 2010 Forsyth County Rivers Alive Cleanup begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and will last until about 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Chick-fil-A parking lot at 653 Atlanta Road in Cumming before dividing up into separate groups. Volunteers will return to the restaurant after the cleanup, where they will receive a free sandwich. The post-cleanup lunch will also feature live music and prizes. For more information or to register, call (770) 205-4573 or visit

Forsyth County Rivers Alive organizers are looking for volunteers who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.

“I see people that come out every year and I’m never surprised at how dirty people get but just really enjoy doing it,” said organizer Kevin Smith.

“But you have a direct impact in such a short period of time that it makes it fun.”

The large cleanup effort on Saturday, organized by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, will take hundreds of volunteers to nearly a dozen various water sites to clean trash and debris from the shoreline.

Styrofoam is one of the most collected items, but there are others.

“In a lot of places we get tires, bait cans, a lot of fishing gear and that kind of stuff where people drop it in the water and just leave it laying,” said Tammy Wright, environmental programming manager for the organization.

“And on popular fishing spots we get a lot of fast food and beverage containers.”

Smith is expecting as many as 300 people, and hopes for more volunteers to meet at the Atlanta Road Chick-fil-A in Cumming at 9 a.m.

“We won’t turn anybody away,” he said.

The cleanup is open to all ages, and many school and Scout groups will take part, Wright said.

“A lot of people come and they bring their kids, because this is a way they can introduce their kids to community service,” she said. “There’s not many opportunities where you can enjoy yourself and also make a difference.”

All cleanup locations will be handled on foot, said Smith, adding that the county’s waterways will be clean by the end of the event but not the volunteers.

“They can actually get out there and get their hands dirty but walk away not only seeing a pile of trash sitting away from the water, but to also look at the shoreline that was trashed when they got there and seeing that it’s clean,” Smith said. “It’s just a great event.”