Tennessee Riverkeeper litter cleanup day

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On Monday, January 21, 2019, join Tennessee Riverkeeper staff and volunteers for a litter cleanup along the banks of Dry Branch Creek near the Tennessee River in Decatur, Alabama.

The cleanup is from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Volunteers should wear warm clothes that can get dirty and meet at the corner of Davis Street NW and Washington Street NW. Gloves, trash bags, and litter grabbers will be provided, thanks to Decatur Parks and Rec.

David Whiteside, Founder of Tennessee Riverkeeper says,“It’s easy to get depressed about pollution and trash in our public waterways. These events show that a few people can make a difference, and cleanups provide some hope for hundreds of thousands of citizens who are concerned about our blessed river and its tributaries. Clean water is a nonpartisan issue; we are all in this together.” 

“There is no easy solution to this problem. We do know that preventing plastics from entering waterways is an obvious solution and it is easier to remove garbage from the shorelines and shallow water of creeks and rivers. It is very difficult and inefficient to try to remove litter from deeper water. Another important solution is education and informing citizens that littering not only makes our community look trashy, it also impairs fishing and water quality,” added Whiteside. 

Complete event information is available here.

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