More than 45 people came out Saturday to help Reed Bingham State Park with its annual Rivers Alive clean-up. Among them were Girl Scout troops from Moultrie and Nashville, ABAC Forestry and Wildlife club members, community volunteers, and park staff.

Volunteers worked in two teams picking up trash, removing weeds, and helping to clean up the river and lake. park manager Suzanne Passmore said. Fishing line, light bulbs, plastic and glass bottles, propane stove canisters, cigarette butts, food wrappers, as well as paper were collected from the water and water’s edge.

The volunteers got wet, dirty, and enjoyed every moment of the experience, Passmore said.

“The Little River is such a beautiful area to enjoy outdoor recreation including boating, fishing, or even taking an evening hike along the river trail,” she said. “Unfortunately, trash gets thrown along the river’s edge or flows into the river with rainwater from adjacent ditches and roadways. We do our part to help keep the river clean for the next guest and the next generation to use.”

Dale and Lynn Horne volunteered to lead the paddling crew down the river and brought several boats for volunteers to use, Passmore said with gratitude. She offered a special thanks to Moultrie Federated Guild as well for providing volunteers with home-baked cookies, bottled water, and other snacks.

Passmore said the event was a huge success, with more than 25 bags of trash removed from the waterways.

The Rivers Alive event is held each year at Reed Bingham State Park. For other volunteer days and upcoming events, go to www.gastateparks.org/reedbingham.

Reed Bingham State Park is located 14 miles east of Moultrie on Ga. Highway 37 East. The park’s office number is (229) 896-3551.

 

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