Geosciences Assists in River Cleanup

Thursday, September 10, 2009

UWG faculty, staff and students and community residents will participate in cleanup efforts for the 11th annual Little Tallapoosa River Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. A rain date of September 19 has been scheduled.

UWG faculty, staff and students and community residents will participate in cleanup efforts for the 11th annual Little Tallapoosa River Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. A rain date of September 19 has been scheduled.The UWG Department of Geosciences, the Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group and Rivers Alive sponsor the event. Cleanup volunteers will meet at the Food Services Building (Z-6) at 9 a.m. and split into three crews. One group will drive to Haralson County to clean a site on the Tallapoosa River.

A second group will walk to the Little Tallapoosa River on or near campus to clean the river and flood plain. The third group will walk several parking lots to pick up lead weights, which fall off tires and can be washed into streams.

Last year, UWG volunteers cleaned up 86 bags of trash, 26 tires, a pool table, parts of a VCR and a microwave, and a train wheel.

The university operates the Center for Water Resources, the Water Research Station and the Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group on campus for community service and faculty and undergraduate research.

Volunteers are welcome to the cleanup and the community is invited to attend. For more information, call 678-839-6479.