Keep Liberty County Beautiful: Time to Focus on Water Awareness
By Dr. Karen Bell, Keep Liberty Beautiful.
It’s that time of year when we focus on water awareness and the importance of cleaning our waterways. Who doesn’t like to take a dip in the water on a beautiful hot day?
Garbage and debris can make something so wonderful, like our water, so gross. Having clean water is something people take for granted every day. To have the water we need to drink, fish and swim, we must protect our local waterways. Your chance to make a difference in clean, healthy water comes this month. The condition of our local coves, streams, rivers and even the ocean is determined by our daily choices.
So this month, make a positive difference by volunteering on October 23 for the thirteenth edition of Rivers Alive in Liberty County.
Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. Rivers Alive events are also part of The Ocean Conservancy’s international efforts. Rivers Alive’s mission is to raise awareness and participate in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. In Liberty County, we are having our main Rivers Alive clean-up day on National Make a Difference Day which this year takes place on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Rivers Alive in Liberty County is a registered event for this national campaign. volunteering.
The health of our waterways depends on us. At Rivers Alive, we can make a difference as volunteers by stopping litter in over forty locations across our county. The garbage that begins life as garbage in the west end of the county is just as devastating as the garbage thrown from a boat into the Intercoastal Waterway. Unfortunately, the waste travels!
We do cleanups all over the county because our community is full of wetlands. About 40% of Liberty County is actually swamps, streams, streams, and rivers. It is crucial to stop the waste before it goes downstream. Our goal is to have over 1000 volunteers this year. Last year we had 946, and with your help we can really get past that! We already have several groups registered with over 423 volunteers at this point! Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer, but we still need YOU. In just a few hours of your time on Saturday October 23, you can make a big difference where you live.
Thanks to our main sponsor Liberty County Rivers Alive, SNF, our volunteers will receive snacks, drinks and T-shirts. Due to COVID19, SNF will not be providing the fabulous barbecue for our volunteers as they usually do. Cities are also helping to feed volunteers this year. KLB will provide all cleaning supplies for our hard working volunteers. So plan to make a difference and contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful. You can call (912) 880-4888 or email [email protected] If October 23, 2021 isn’t working for you and your party, we can schedule a cleanup date that’s best for you. You can also use this link to sign up for Rivers Alive https://forms.gle/Tp5SoymYnBGsmFwk7 KLB has been accepted into the Bridgestone’s Tires4ward program, so Keep Liberty Beautiful, in partnership with the Liberty County Road Department and Solid Waste, organized a tire rally! The Tire Round Up event is October 23, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please visit the KLB website www.keeplibertybeautiful. org for more information.
From Gum Branch to Yellow Bluff, our waterways need YOU! Don’t take clean water for granted! Join us for a Rivers Alive cleaning event and return all unwanted tires during tire collection!