The third decade of Renew Our Rivers (ROR) gets underway in February with the first of the year’s 32 cleanups of Alabama Rivers and waterways. If last year is any indication, there will be more volunteers and more trash removed in 2020.
Since 2000, when the program began, 122,000 volunteers have collected almost 16 million pounds from waterways and shorelines in the South. In 2019, more than 5,000 volunteers removed almost 450,000 pounds of trash, including old boats, mattresses, tires, appliances and other unsightly items, a 4% increase over the previous year’s haul.
Renew Our Rivers began in 2000 with a cleanup by Alabama Power employees along the Coosa River at the company’s Plant Gadsden.
It has grown to become one of America’s largest river cleanup initiatives, with the help of community partners, volunteers and organizations.
Renew Our Rivers is one of many initiatives in which Alabama Power partners with others to promote conservation and environmental stewardship in communities across the state.
The 2020 schedule of Renew Our Rivers cleanups is listed below.
For updates to the schedule, visit alabamapower.com/renewourrivers.
2020 Renew Our Rivers Schedule
Feb. 15: Alabama River Contact: John Paul O’Driscoll at 334-850-7153 or email@example.com
Feb. 29: Bankhead Lake (Warrior River) Contact: Ronnie Tew at 205-908-4857 March 7: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River) Contact: Brad Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org March 14: Valley Creek (Spring) Contact: Freddie Freeman at 205-424-4060, ext. 4188 or email@example.com March 21: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River) Contact: Mike Clelland at 205-354-9348 March 28-April 4: Logan Martin (Coosa River) Contact: Bud Kitchin at 256-239-0242 March 28: Minor Heights Community at Village Creek Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087 or firstname.lastname@example.org March 28-April 4: Lay Lake (Coosa River) Contact: Judy Jones at 205-669-4865 April 11: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa River) Contact: Tanisha Fenderson at email@example.com April 4: Cahaba River Contact: David Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org April 14-15: Mobile River (Plant Barry) Contact: Bo Cotton at 251-331-0603 April 18: Lake Jordan (Coosa River) Contact: Brenda Basnight 334-478-3388 Date TBD: Plant Miller (Locust Fork) Contact: TBD April 22-23: Smith Lake (Winston County) Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111 April 24: Smith Lake (Cullman County) Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981 April 25: Weiss Lake Contact: Sam Marko at 404-626-8594 May 1: Plant Gorgas (Mulberry Fork) Contact: John Pate at 205-686-2324 or email@example.com May 15: Lake Seminole Contact: Melanie Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org May 16: Chattahoochee River (Plant Farley) Contact: Melanie Rogers at email@example.com May 18-19: Smith Lake (Walker County) Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253 Aug. 8: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River) Contact: Becky Clark at 205-799-2449 Aug. 14: Plant Miller (Locust Fork) Contact: Madison Maughon at 205-438-0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org Aug. 15: Valley Creek Contact: TBD Aug. 15: Upper Tallapoosa River Contact: Lex Brown at 256-239-6399 Sept: 8-9: Smith Lake (Walker County) Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253 Date TBD: Village Creek Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087 Sept.18: Smith Lake (Cullman County) Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981 Sept. 24: Smith Lake (Winston County) Contact: Jim Eason at email@example.com Oct. 2-3: Lake Demopolis Contact: Jesse Johnson at 334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257 Oct. 13: Dog River (Mobile County) Contact: Catie Boss at 251-829-2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org Oct.17: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River) Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713 Oct. 20-22: Lake Harris (Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee) Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093 or Marlin Glover at 770-445-0824 Oct. 26-31: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River) Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900 Nov. 6-7: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River) Contact: John Thompson at 334-399-3289 or email@example.com