Renew Our Rivers Announces 2018 Schedule

| January 12, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Gilbert Nicholson

Now in its 19th year, Renew Our Rivers (ROR) kicks off again in February with 30 planned cleanups across Alabama. Renew Our Rivers began with Gene Phifer’s vision in 2000 to clean a stretch of the Coosa River near Plant Gadsden, where he worked. Since then, 110,000 volunteers have joined the effort and collected more than 15 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways across the Southeast. That milestone was reached late last year.

15 Years of Renew Our Rivers from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.“Fifteen million is a staggering number in and of itself,” said Susan Comensky, Alabama Power’s vice president for Environmental Affairs. “But when you apply it to the amount of trash and debris that otherwise would be in these lakes, it is beyond staggering. Renew Our Rivers has made an overwhelming difference.”

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