Volunteers at a previous cleanup snag tires and other debris from
South Chickamauga Creek. Several canoes will be furnished at this
Saturday’s Limestone Valley RC&D/Rivers Alive cleanup of Lookout
Creek at Sells Lane, but volunteers are invited to bring their own if
they have them.
By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Dan Huser is
trying to clean up Lookout Creek, and he could use a little help. If you’d like
to improve the local environment, have fun in a canoe, and maybe even hook a
free T-shirt out of the deal, Huser and crew invite you to show up on Saturday
organization, the Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development
(RC&D) Council is putting on this volunteer stream cleanup event in
conjunction with Georgia Rivers Alive as part of an effort to improve the
Lookout Creek watershed. The event starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday and lasts
until 2 p.m.
on Sells Lane along Lookout Creek – just off Highway 136 East – will serve as
the central cleanup site for the Oct. 19 event, and that’s where volunteers are
asked to gather. Rivers Alive T-shirts will be available for the first 35
volunteers who sign in.
along with paddles and PFDs (personal flotation devices) will be available
onsite to use while gathering trash and debris in and along the banks of
Lookout Creek near the mill site. Volunteers will also be asked to clean up the
site on foot, and a breakout group will be led to Jenkins Park on Price Street
to clean up in and along Little Town Creek.
Limestone Valley and Rivers Alive will be on hand to talk about Lookout Creek
and the fishes and bugs that inhabit it, as well as the importance of water
quality. In addition, these groups will be sampling fishes and bugs, and they
will show a bunch of critters from Lookout Creek to volunteers.
Huser says the
cleanup will be a fun way to help improve one of the better places in Trenton
to visit Lookout Creek, which serves as the local drinking water source, as
well as Little Town Creek, the creek that runs through Trenton’s one park.
Valley RC&D Council, a nonprofit group dedicated to natural resource
conservation and economic development in rural Northwest Georgia, is currently
sampling and mapping in Dade under a federal grant to improve water quality in
the Lookout Creek watershed. Huser and the RC&D are designing programs that
will potentially lead to more grant funds to help the community with such
immediate water improvement projects as repairing or replacing individual
the other partner assisting with the event, is a statewide outreach program
geared toward cleaning up Georgia’s waterways. The event along Lookout Creek is
one of more than 200 cleanups along streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and oceans
that Rivers Alive sponsors each year throughout Georgia. Last year,
approximately 30,000 volunteers contributed to these cleanups in and along over
2,100 miles of waterways.
It is the hope
of both groups that volunteers not only help clean garbage and debris within
and along these water bodies but also get out and appreciate them for their
beauty and biodiversity as well as the recreation opportunities they offer.
If you are
interested in learning more about the stream cleanup event, or if you have a
group planning on attending the cleanup, please RSVP Dan Huser of Limestone
Valley at (423) 544-9076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
advised to wear pants so they can walk through the woods and warm clothes that
they can get wet. Gloves and trash bags will be provided, although bringing
your own gloves will help the groups accommodate more volunteers.
have them are encouraged to bring canoes and kayaks to the event. If you have
suggestions of additional sites along local creeks in need of a cleanup as part
of the event, or have questions about the event, contact Dan Huser of Limestone
Valley at the above number or email address.