AL Coastal Cleanup Volunteer Residents Focus Their Efforts Near Dog River Park | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – Despite some rain on Saturday morning, volunteers showed up for the 34th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup.
Rain or shine – Dog River Clearwater Revival volunteers were on a mission.
“We’re trying to take the waste out of splashing,” said Morgan Counts, executive director of Dog River Clearwater Revival.
They collect trash along a section of the waterway at Dog River Park. Most of the volunteers live along the river.
“It’s horrible to go out here and see the place littered with garbage. I walk here regularly at least once a week … and so I like to help keep the garbage off the ground and out of the way. rivers as much as possible, ”said volunteer Jennifer Fleming.
While litter traps have helped put a stop to garbage collection, they say sadly it’s a problem that doesn’t go away.
“Today we focus a lot on the roads, around bridges and tributaries, because everything flows directly into the river,” said Richard Meadows, volunteer.
If not picked up – the garbage ends up in Mobile Bay – the things they say can easily be thrown away.
“Like Sprite bottles, Coke bottles, 7-Up bottles, then snacks – like crispy rice treats, goldfish and that sort of thing,” said volunteer Annabelle Vickers.
The Saturday morning cleanup is part of a larger goal to keep Alabama’s Gulf Coast clean and to raise awareness.
“It’s really cool – I think it’s the day in the year that the most volunteers come out for something – so it’s exciting to be a part,” Counts said.
Dog River Clearwater Revival is always looking for volunteers – for more information click here.
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