HCWA hosts Rivers Alive cleanup
The Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) knows the importance of keeping watersheds clean to protect drinking water resources.
As evidence, the HCWA partnered with the Henry County Stormwater Department to host the 2017 Henry County Rivers Alive cleanup on Saturday Oct. 21, which resulted in more than 1 ton of trash and debris being removed from a local watershed.
Approximately 30 volunteers gathered at the cleanup site located off Leguin Mill Road at the intersection of Tussahaw Creek in Locust Grove.
“This year’s Rivers Alive was a great success, and it was great to see young people get involved in helping protect our water supply,” says Tara Brown, HCWA Environmental Compliance Coordinator, who organized this year’s event.
Among the volunteers at the 2017 Henry County Rivers Alive were high school students from Strong Rock Christian School, under the direction of Instructor Troy Davis.
“Students participating in the river cleanup are enrolled in our Environmental Science Course at Strong Rock, which is designed to help students appreciate the world God has created for us,” says Davis. “This was an opportunity for them to learn more about the importance of water resources in their community, while participating in environmental stewardship to protect these value resources.”
Rivers Alive is an Outreach Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Georgia’s annual waterway cleanup encompasses events targeting local creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources.
Georgia’s waterways include more than 70,000 miles of streams and rivers, which provide the public with water for finished drinking water production, recreational opportunities like fishing and canoeing, and natural resources that add to the quality of life and economic development in the state, says Brown.
HCWA owns and operates five reservoirs, which provide raw water for drinking water production at two award-winning water treatment plants, supplying clean, safe drinking for more than 50,000 customer accounts in Henry County and neighboring jurisdictions.
Check out the photo gallery on this website from the 2017 Henry County Rivers Alive.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.