Volunteers take the trash out of the river

Submitted photoVolunteers at the Ochlockonee River cleanup pose with bags of garbage they collected. The event collected 33 bags of garbage.

CAIRO — Volunteers teamed up this past weekend for the annual Grady County Ochlockonee River cleanup.

Eighteen volunteers collected 33 bags of garbage as well as tires, furniture and vehicle parts at two locations along the Ochlockonee River last Saturday afternoon.

The event was sponsored by Keep Grady County Beautiful, Ochlockonee River Water Trail and Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development Council and was organized through Rivers Alive, an outreach program of the state Environmental Protection Division.

"Sadly, individual people trash the rivers and streams and it takes individual people to help clean them up," said Vicki Redden, who helped organize the event on behalf of Keep Grady County Beautiful. "It's important to be good stewards of the land, to improve the health and beauty of our local waterways and it's a great way to form friendships with like-minded people."

Participants met at Davis Park and collected trash at the bridge landings at Highway 93 and Hadley Ferry Road.

A picnic lunch was provided for the team at Azalea Park following the cleanup.

An additional cleanup effort along the Ochlocknee River will take place in Thomas County on Oct. 19. The event is organized by Keep Thomas County Beautiful.

Individuals interested in participating in future cleanup efforts can find events at riversalive.georgia.gov.

There have been 76 volunteer cleanup events on rivers in Georgia this year, according to EPD. Across the state, more than 3,000 volunteers have collected 33 dump trucks worth of garbage along 622 miles of waterways.

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