COVINGTON - Every fall, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful helps sponsor Rivers Alive, a river cleanup event designed to bring awareness to water pollution prevention and solutions for water pollution problems, while actively removing litter from local waterways.

The KCNB is currently looking for volunteers to help clean up our local rivers, lakes, and streams at this years’ event on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse in Covington. Participants are encouraged to wear shoes and long pants suitable for a wet environment.

Volunteers will receive t-shirts and free breakfast, while supplies last.

As individuals and groups meet at Longhorn, they will be assigned to various access points along the Alcovy River, South River, and Yellow River and their tributaries. KCNB is also planning to send groups to clean in and around Turner Lake.

“We appreciate all of the volunteers who participate every year, and we welcome those new to the event. Our goal is to continue to grow the Rivers Alive event each year and bring greater awareness to the necessity of litter and pollution prevention”, said Laurie Riley, KCNB director. “We also want to thank all of our local sponsors who gave generous donations to support our event.”

Interested volunteers should visit KCNB’s website, www.kcnb.biz, where they can print registration forms.

After completing the form, volunteers can email them to KCNB by Sept. 7 to reserve their supplies.

Volunteers interested in designating certain places for groups to clean should email Laurie Riley at lriley@co.newton.ga.us.

The local cleanup event is a collaborative effort organized by KCNB and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation also sponsor Rivers Alive at a state level.

For more information, please contact KCNB at lriley@co.newton.ga.us or 770-784-2015.