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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Close to a hundred Lee County volunteers will scour the rivers and creeks in the county Saturday, removing debris.

Using canoes, the three groups plan to split up along the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks and Flint River. They'll be targeting polluted areas like popular swimming spots that are overrun with debris.

A group of divers have also volunteered their time to remove some items that have been there since the flood of 1994.

"There's going to be a lot of tires, a lot of beer bottles, a lot of cans, we've found bed springs down here a refrigerator, there's even a camper top in the bottom of the creek that we're going to try and get as well," said Jim Wright, Lee County Code Enforcement officer.  

Last year's Rivers Alive event brought out 30 volunteers, but the group expects to triple that number this year. The clean up will begin Saturday morning at 9:00. To volunteer for future clean up dates contact Jim Wright in the Lee County Code Enforcement Office at (229) 759-6000.

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