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A pontoon boat cruises up to a dock at Bonner’s Point on Lake Jordan Saturday morning to unload the trash collected on the lake. More than 6.5 tons of trash and debris was picked up during the annual cleanup day. Photo by Kevin Taylor
A volunteer adds more garbage to the pile at Bonner’s Point on Lake Jordan Saturday morning. More than 6.5 tons of trash and debris was picked up during the annual cleanup day. Photo by Kevin Taylor

Lake cleanup nets 6.5 tons of garbage

Published 10:11am Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More than 40 boats were patrolling Lake Jordan early Saturday morning scooping up debris and any trash they could find as part of the annual Renew Our Rivers campaign sponsored by Alabama Power.

Just a couple hours into the cleanup effort, boats brought in hundreds of pounds of trash ranging from plastic slides to propane cylinders.

Pontoon boats docked at Bonner’s Point to off load the trash and debris collected in sloughs and areas in and around their sections of the lake.

By the day’s end a record 6.56 tons of trash was collected and hauled off by Advanced Disposal, according to Lake Jordan Home Owner and Boat Owner (HOBO) cleanup chairwoman Barbara Dreyer.

“We had one of the better cleanups this year than in past because the water level was so high this year I think,” Dreyer said.

It marked the most trash the HOBOs had collected on Lake Jordan since the beginning of the cleanup effort. The most collected before Saturday had been 5.53 tons in 2010.

The lake was sectioned off into 12 areas so boaters knew where their respective cleanup area was and no one’s time was wasted searching in areas which had already been gone over.

To date, more than 55 tons of garbage has been collected since 2000 from Lake Jordan.

When the cleanup first began it was a Renew the Coosa project, which eventually Alabama Power came on board to encourage cleanups throughout the waters of the state.

Marci Williams was among the first boaters to come in with hundreds of pounds of trash Saturday morning.

Williams, a resident of Lake Jordan and HOBO member, said she felt it was her duty to help in the cleanup effort.

“I’m cleaning up where I live,” she said.

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