The annual Renew Our Rivers lake cleanup, a joint project with Alabama Power Company (APC) and the Lake Wedowee Property Owners’ Association (LWPOA), was a huge success. According to the Renew Our Rivers’ campaign organizers, of the thirty seven lakes covered in the state, Lake Wedowee is the best organized group they work with. Marlon and Betty Glover, and Bob May, LWPOA members, again organized this year’s event.
Over one hundred volunteers, including LWPOA members, Alabama Power Company employees, the Randolph County High School Fishing Team, and residents and businesses of the lake community, worked this three day event. Volunteers filled two 30-yard roll off containers with trash pulled from the lake’s shoreline.
Each day started at the Highway 48 Boat Ramp where volunteers assembled on pontoon boats and set out to clear coves and the lakeshore of trash and debris. Pontoon boats were provided by Randy Morris of Lake Wedowee Marine, LWPOA members, and area residents. Jeremy Lipham of Lake Wedowee Docks, LLC provided his pontoon boat, workers, a barge, and an excavator to offload heavy trash and tires from his barge and the Alabama Power barge into the dumpsters at the collection area. Alabama Power Company furnished its barge and personnel to off load trash from the smaller boats. APC also provided hundreds of trash bags and awarded T-shirts to all workers. Andy Ethridge of ALA-GA Roll Offs provided roll-off containers for the trash pulled from the lake and hauled off debris to the dump site.
Local businesses kept the volunteers fortified by providing lunch, snacks, water and soft drinks each day. Crystal Barnes-Key, of Hunter Bend Realty, provided Subway sandwiches. WM Grocery brought sandwiches and brunswick stew, chips, cookies, water and tea. Lakeside Market and Grill provided chicken sandwiches. Each boat was equipped with snacks, water, and soft drinks thanks to Perryland Foods and Small Town Bank.
LWPOA thanks the many local businesses, organizations, and agencies that made the Renew Our Rivers campaign a success. Also, thanks to all those individuals who allowed the use of their pontoons and to the many volunteers who came out to work in this year’s most successful Renew Our Rivers cleanup campaign. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, which will mark 20 years of the Renew Our Rivers campaign, as we work to maintain the beauty in our back yard.
LWPOA and Alabama Power Company conduct a cleanup of the shoreline areas of the lake during October of each year. This project has recurred annually for many years. Over that period, hundreds of tons of trash have been collected by LWPOA and community volunteers and Alabama Power Company Crews.
Local Businesses provide meals and refreshments for the volunteers, containers for trash, and pontoon boats and barges. County Officials provide support for the effort through provision of trash disposal and the services of Community Workers. Each year, LWPOA volunteers provide hundreds of person days and the use of boats. LWPOA budgets and pays the cost of fuel.
You can do your part, by volunteering for the effort. Just contact Marlon or Betty Glover, Lake Clean-up Committee Chairpersons, or Sheila Smith of Alabama Power Company (see contact information on the "Our Mission" page). You can also help by encouraging your friends, neighbors and acquaintances to control their trash by providing for a secure trash container on boats and in vehicles and in proper disposal of trash.