Volunteers Clean Up the Ocmulgee

4:43 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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More than 300 people gathered at Ocmulgee Heritage Trail on Spring Street to collect trash and debris along the riverbank and the trail.

It's all part of Ocmulgee Alive, which is Macon's Annual River Cleanup.

The volunteers broke-up into teams with trash bags in hand to help provide a cleaner park.

The teams worked a 3 mile radius from Amerson Water Works Park to Ocmulgee National Monument.

"I've floated down the river many times.   I grew up here in Macon," said Steve Rickman. "This is my home.  So I have used the river a lot, and I have been really disappointed with seeing the trash that is being thrown into the river."

Steve Rickman volunteered to help pick up the trash and debris and says he wants people to remember how important it is to keep are rivers and parks clean.

"There is so much we can do to keep it out.   It's something that we are all going to all have to work together to continue with these efforts," Rickman said.

Peg Jones wants to lead by example and wants people to step up and take care of their community.

"Our air and our water are so valuable to us for our health and for the health of the wildlife," she said.  "If we each clean up our own backyards and then we add to a cleaner world."

This is the 8th annual Ocmulgee Alive Event.

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