The Great Suwannee River Cleanup

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By The Staff

Current Problems was asked by the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail Working Group and the Suwannee River Water Management District to coordinate a cleanup of the of the Suwannee River from the Georgia line to the Gulf of Mexico.

The cleanup will consist of many small cleanups all along the river during a three-month window from September through November.   Volunteers are needed.    

Some have already committed, so look at our map to see what is covered so far at www.bit.ly/GSRC2010.

We are also looking for sponsors to help out with expenses such as supplies, maybe T-shirts, and various other expenses.

If your group would like to register for a section of the river (usually from one boat ramp to the next), you can register online. It’s extremely simple. Just fill in the boxes, hit “Submit” and you’re all set.

Each local group can decide how best to run their respective cleanup. Use canoes, kayaks, power boats, airboats or a combination of some sort. Recruit a bunch of volunteers,pick a date , and figure out trash disposal, whether you get a dumpster to use or haul it off to your nearest collection center.

For any aspect of the cleanup, we will be more than glad to talk to you and offer suggestions or advice. Give Fritz Olson a call at the number below and he will help. Some of the planning committee members may also be able to assist with questions and planning, as well, because they may be more familiar with the area. And please let us know if you would like to borrow any of supplies, such as buckets, grabbers, or scales. We also have plenty of bags.

Each cleanup group will weigh the trash collected from their section of the river and then report the figure to Current Problems. We will need to know the number of volunteers who participated and how many hours your group worked. We will keep a record of our achievements, and our totals will eventually be included in the International Coastal Cleanup and American Rivers totals as well.

We will also be having a Kick-off Celebration sometime in the first half of September, probably up around Branford. We’ll have food for all. Details about the Celebration will be forthcoming.

It should be fun, however, and we hope to have a good crowd attending.

We will be looking for businesses and organizations to help sponsor this celebration. Please let us know if you can help out with this event.

For more information, please call 352-264-6827 or e-mail aar@currentproblems.org.