Lee Co. preparing for annual Rivers Alive cleanup - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Lee Co. preparing for annual Rivers Alive cleanup

Residents and volunteers will hit the waterways again for this weekend's Rivers Alive cleanup. (Source: WALB) Residents and volunteers will hit the waterways again for this weekend's Rivers Alive cleanup. (Source: WALB)
The flooding late last year washed a lot of debris into the waterways. (Source: WALB) The flooding late last year washed a lot of debris into the waterways. (Source: WALB)
Ben Roberts (Source: WALB) Ben Roberts (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Around 200 volunteers on Saturday will spend the day afloat with Lee County Code Enforcement on the county's waterways for the annual Rivers Alive cleanup project.

Volunteers will be busy collecting debris from the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks and parts of the Flint River. Most of it will be debris that accumulated in the waterways in the wake of the flooding late last year.

Code enforcement officer Ben Roberts said over the course of nine years, volunteers removed 26 tons of debris from the county's waterways, resulting in almost trash free waters. But after the flooding, they saw a significant uptick.

"With the flood, I'm expecting anything. You name it, there's no telling what it could be," Roberts said. "It wouldn't surprise me really. [If] people had it in their yard, then it's likely to show up in the water."

Roberts said in years past, they've found items ranging from a Dr. Pepper machine to sunken boats to bits of trash left behind by swimmers and boaters.

The sign-up sheet for this weekend's cleanup is full, but Roberts encourages anyone with their own kayak or canoe to still come out on Saturday and participate.

Usually the county only hosts one cleanup a year, but because of the increase in debris from the flooding, this will actually be the second one. The first one was in June. They'll host a third one in October when Georgia Power will lower the lake levels to provide a better look at what's in the waters.

Copyright 2016 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man arrested after standoff incident in Albany

    Man arrested after standoff incident in Albany

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 12:30 PM EST2018-01-17 17:30:38 GMT
    Multiple agencies responded to a scene on Chestnut Court in Albany Wednesday morning. (Source: WALB)Multiple agencies responded to a scene on Chestnut Court in Albany Wednesday morning. (Source: WALB)

    A man has been arrested following a standoff incident in Albany Wednesday morning.

    More >>

    A man has been arrested following a standoff incident in Albany Wednesday morning.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Snow moves through SWGA

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Snow moves through SWGA

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 11:51 AM EST2018-01-17 16:51:43 GMT
    A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for the potential of up to 1 inch of snow and very low wind chill factors for the 1st part of Wednesday. (Source: WALB)A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for the potential of up to 1 inch of snow and very low wind chill factors for the 1st part of Wednesday. (Source: WALB)

    A First Alert Weather Day was issued for early Wednesday. The Arctic Cold Front arrived overnight Tuesday and a narrow band of snow has worked its way east.

    More >>

    A First Alert Weather Day was issued for early Wednesday. The Arctic Cold Front arrived overnight Tuesday and a narrow band of snow has worked its way east.

    More >>
  • Report: Financial New Year's resolutions at all-time low

    Report: Financial New Year's resolutions at all-time low

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:51 AM EST2018-01-17 15:51:05 GMT
    A new report out shows New Year’s resolutions are at an all-time low. (Source: WALB)A new report out shows New Year’s resolutions are at an all-time low. (Source: WALB)

    It’s officially the new year, and if you’re like me, you’re likely walking into the New Year on an all-time high. But a new report out shows New Year’s resolutions are at an all-time low.

    More >>

    It’s officially the new year, and if you’re like me, you’re likely walking into the New Year on an all-time high. But a new report out shows New Year’s resolutions are at an all-time low.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly