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MWA hosts 12th annual Ocmulgee Alive!

November 07, 2016 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

Students from Mercer University prepare to clean trash and debris from the Ocmulgee during the 12th annual Ocmulgee Alive!

The success of Macon’s annual river cleanup would not be possible without the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of corporate sponsors, as this year marked the 12th anniversary for Ocmulgee Alive!

Ocmulgee Alive! – which is affiliated with the Georgia Rivers Alive campaign, and is one of the largest river cleanups in the state – is organized by the MWA, NewTown Macon, and Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful. It’s an award winning public outreach and education program.

Making those awards and accolades possible, in addition to helping preserve the water quality of the Ocmulgee River, are five local corporate sponsors.

Special thanks are extended to YKK, Graphic Packaging International, and Coca-Cola Refreshments, who have been Ocmulgee Alive! sponsors for the past several years. But this year saw the return of Kumho Tires as a corporate sponsor, along with KaMin Performance Minerals, who joined the ranks last year.

For the first time in the event’s 12-year history, there were five corporate sponsors for this year’s Ocmulgee Alive! Additional participating organizations included National Park Service/Ocmulgee National Monument, Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, Macon-Bibb Cooperative Extension, Altamaha Riverkeepers, as well as Mount de Sales Academy and Tattnall Academy.

On the original date the event was to be held (Oct. 8), the threat of Hurricane Matthew caused the postponement of Ocmulgee Alive! until the following weekend (Oct. 15). However, employees from YKK gathered on Oct. 8 to complete their river cleanup, since the company already had scheduled its employee outing at Amerson River Park that day. The remaining volunteers gathered on Oct. 15, including students from Mercer University, who were led by Altamaha Riverkeeper Jen Hilburn in removing debris and trash from the Ocmulgee via kayaks and canoes.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for people who enjoy the river to give back to the river,” she says.

Bob Barron, with Graphic Packaging International, felt the same way, saying he was glad to participate with fellow employees in the 2016 Ocmuglee Alive!

“We’re a pretty green organization, since our entire production process involves recycling and efforts to protect the environment, which is a top priority for our company,” he says.

Thanks again to all who supported Macon’s annual river cleanup, which continues to grow as a signature community event with a positive impact of protecting one of our most valued natural resources – the Ocmulgee River. The Ocmulgee is the site of valued outdoor recreation, while serving as a primary source for the MWA’s production of the best tasting drinking water in America.

Check out our photo gallery from the 2016 Ocmulgee Alive! river cleanup at the “Learn More” link below.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
Phone: 770-757-1681
Email: jcwood@uga.edu OR chris@jwapr.com

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