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MWA joining fellow environmental stewards to host seventh annual Ocmulgee Alive!

Oct 21, 2011 by Dr. Chris Wood

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Last year’s Ocmulgee Alive! saw 325 volunteers take part in Macon’s annual river cleanup, which was the 7th largest Rivers Alive event in Georgia – out of the 231 held across the state.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) and other, fellow environmental enthusiasts will host the seventh annual Ocmulgee Alive! on Saturday, October 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers for Macon’s annual river cleanup will gather at Rotary Park on Riverside Drive near First Street that morning to clean a large portion of the Ocmulgee River along the popular Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other nearby streams.

The Ocmulgee River, coupled with Javors Lucas Lake, serves as a primary source for drinking water for 51,000 MWA customers.

Last year’s Ocmulgee Alive! saw a record 325 volunteers turn out for the event, which was the 7th largest among the 231 similar Rivers Alive cleanups held across the state Georgia in 2010. The Rivers Alive events, such as Macon’s annual river cleanup, are designed to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s waterways, including rivers, streams, lakes, beaches, and wetlands.

Once again, YKK USA and Graphic Packaging International will be teaming up with the MWA as primary sponsors, along with Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful, Ocmulgee River Initiative, Georgia Wilderness Society, and additional sponsors and volunteer organizations as well.

Volunteers should wear high-topped work boots or similar non-skid, sturdy footwear, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and sunscreen for additional protection, as well as heavy duty work gloves, insect repellant, water, and a tool to pick up trash. Event organizers require all participants to sign a medical release and liability waiver along with their registration. A volunteer/event t-shirt will be provided for those who pre-register.

For information and to sign-up for the 2011 Ocmulgee Alive! – volunteers should contact the Authority’s Mark Wyzalek at 478-464-5678 or Ocmulgee_Alive@maconwater.org. Registration forms will be available on the MWA Web site at www.maconwater.org.

Media Contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone)
jcwood@uga.edu (email)

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