Keeping the creeks clean in Lee Co.

Keeping the creeks clean in Lee Co.

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - It's time again for Rivers Alive cleanup.

Organizers have plenty of volunteers, but they need something else.

More than 180 people have signed up to take part in Saturday's cleanup that's twice as many as usualOrganizers are excited about that... but they're also worried they may not have enough votes.

Keeping the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks clean has become a community event in Lee County.  Code enforcement makes it easy for volunteers like Leesburg Mayor Jim Quinn to sign up.

"It's a fun time, and it gets bigger and bigger every year. Code of enforcement has a hard time getting canoes for everybody," said Mayor Quinn.

And the leader of the cleanup is working on that boat shortage.

"I do encourage people who are coming out that day if they do have their own canoe or their own kayak their own john boat to bring it with them."
He also encourages people to be preventative by not adding to the pollution," said Jim Wright, Rivers Alive Organizer.

"The beer cans the coke cans the cigarette packs thrown up in the bushes and up on the sand bars particularly on portions of the Kinchafoonee," said Wright.

People come out here all the time to have their fun but the mayor urges you that when you have your fun please take your trash and throw it away when you're done.

"Kayaking and canoeing on the Kinchfoonee and on the Muckalee has become very popular and I'm glad to see that people are realizing what they've got in their own backyard and give a day to help keep the river clean," continued, Wright.

"There's nothing work about being on the creek. You're on the creek, you're having a good time and then you pick up debris as you pass it. It's just a fun time,"  said Mayor Quinn.

Saturday morning a record number of participants will help clean the creeks, and the mayor says everyone will enjoy themselves in the process.

After the cleanup around noon there will be a cookout at Chehaw park with a live blue grass band and some savory barbecue.

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