Lake cleanup set for Saturday

Published 12:03pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Lake Jordan Home owners and Boat Owners Association (HOBO) will hold its 24th annual lake cleanup April 26. Volunteers are asked to meet at Bonner’s Point at 8 a.m. to join in the yearly effort to remove trash and debris from Lake Jordan.

“The cleanup will go on rain or shine,” said Marci Williams, publicity coordinator. “This annual event has literally cleaned tons of trash from our lake since 1991.

“We always need more volunteers, and we truly hope this will be our biggest and best year ever.”

Gloves, trash bags and “Renew Our Rivers” T-shirts will be provided to workers by Alabama Power Company. The power company, along with Alabama Fish and Game and Search and Rescue of Elmore County will furnish boats and manpower to help in the cleanup.

In addition to volunteers, pontoon and fishing boats are needed for the effort. Organizers said chest waders and trash-gathering tools will also be helpful during the event.

All workers will be provided lunch. Those who can’t physically help in the effort are encouraged to donate chips, cookies, drinks or money to purchase those items.

The local program is  one of the largest organized waterway cleanup efforts in the Southeast. The event has been held every spring since 1991. More than 50 tons of trash have been removed from the lake since 1999.

Alabama Power Company became involved in the Lake Jordan cleanup campaign in May 2000. At that time, the program was named “Renew the Coosa.” In subsequent  years, the initiative grew to encompass river systems across the state and the name was changed to “Renew Our Rivers.”

In addition to cleaning up waterways, the event is also aimed at making the public more aware of the need to keep lakes clean so they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Everyone who cares about the lake – homeowners, swimmers, boat owners, fishermen and others – is asked to assist.

“We need everyone’s help – participation is crucial,” said Williams. “You do not have to be a HOBO member to participate. We encourage everyone to invite their neighbors, friends  and church, community or  social groups to roll up their sleeves and volunteer for the good of all who live and play on our lake.”

Anyone who plans to participate or who can provide a boat should contact Barbara Dreyer at 334-567-7551 or bmdreyer@bellsouth.net. Those who want to donate food items should call Carla McCune at 334-569-9505.

 

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