SUBMITTED – From fishing line to tires, trash in local waterways often ends up in those hard-to-reach places along shorelines, places only accessible by water. That’s why South Alabama Land Trust (SALT) is hosting its 6th annual spring cleaning on the water, also known as the Floating Cleanup, on Saturday, March 20, on Magnolia River.
Co-sponsored by Osprey Initiative and JubileeScape, the Floating Cleanup will have volunteers working from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., cleaning up along Nolte Creek and Magnolia River. Volunteers will meet at the Magnolia River Boat Launch on County Road 26, south of Magnolia Springs.
With funding assistance from CITGO and Restore America’s Estuaries, SALT will provide nitrile gloves, masks, grabbers, trash bags, and refreshments. Volunteers should bring canoes or kayaks, and lifejackets. SALT will have a limited number of kayaks and canoes available for volunteers who don’t have water vessels.
Each year, volunteers pick up 1,200+ pounds of trash from the waterways. The crew from Osprey Initiative will have motor boats in the water to help shuttle larger trash objects from the volunteers back to shore. JubileeScape will also bring a crew and provide the truck and manpower to haul the trash away.
“We could not do this without our corporate partners,” said Connie Whitaker, executive director of SALT. “This is a great partnership, and it benefits all of us. The cleanup is a wonderful opportunity to get out on the water, meet new people, and help clean up our amazing waterways.
“As spring approaches, Magnolia River will begin to see a lot more recreational use, so this is the time to take advantage of quieter days and get in to those hard-to-reach shoreline spots where the trash accumulates.”
In previous years, Whitaker said, the volunteers picked up everything from plastic bottles and fishing line, to old tires and coolers. “These are things that could be dangerous to boaters and swimmers, and to fish and wildlife as well,” she said.
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