3 teams join Rivers Alive waterway cleanup

Effort's focus is on making a difference

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 1:03 PM
Last updated 7:31 PM
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Jack Hamilton stacked dozens of used tires Sat­urday that were pulled from the woods behind Lake Olm­stead during the Savan­nah River­kee­per’s 12th annual Rivers Alive waterway cleanup.

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Beth Schaber picks up trash in the woods off Lake Shore Loop Saturday during the Savannah Riverkeeper's Rivers Alive cleanup event.  Lisa Kaylor/Staff
Lisa Kaylor/Staff
Beth Schaber picks up trash in the woods off Lake Shore Loop Saturday during the Savannah Riverkeeper's Rivers Alive cleanup event.

Volunteers said they suspect a company dumps the tires because more than 75 are pulled from the spot during the cleanup every year.

“This is our main focus over here … to get all of this out,” said Marisa Harris, one of the event’s organizers.

The group also typically finds used hypodermic needles, carpet, shutters and liquor bottles, along with fishing lines and paper trash.

“Could you imagine if nobody ever came down here, what it would look like?” said Beth Schaber, who has joined the cleanup effort for the past two years.

“It’s nasty. I hate to see it like this. It needs to be cleaned up for everybody to enjoy,” she said.

About 15 teams set out Sat­urday to clean up waterways across Richmond and Columbia counties.

“We’ve got a couple of new teams this year, which is exciting,” said Tonya Bonita­tibus, the executive director of the Savannah River­keeper.

Those groups included the third-grade class from C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School, students from the Geor­gia Regents University biology department, and a Boy Scout troop.

Bonitatibus said many of the streams and creeks they focus on have water flow restricted by the debris.

“A lot of the places where we clean up are places where people are actively dumping. A lot of times those people are aware when we’re doing it,” she said. “I think that kind of thing is important, that people see the community out coming together.”

Aaron Stephens joined the cleanup for the first time after a friend asked him.

“I think it’s a pretty good thing,” he said. “There’s a lot of trash out here. A lot of tires. It’s ridiculous.”

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/19/13 - 02:54 pm
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When will the AC

do some INVESTIGATIVE reporting on this left-wing, job-killing, radical environmental group? It spends most of its money on litigation strangling economic growth and impeding freedom. Yet the AC just runs its press releases unedited and sends a photographer every time Riverkeeper schedules some cute, distracting cleanup event. Quit imitating Pavlov's dogs and do some reporting!!!

floridasun
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floridasun 10/19/13 - 05:46 pm
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Keep Up The Good Work Riverkeer

Unbelievable some people have no regard for the environment and think its OK to dump 75 tires on land near Lake Olmstead

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/13 - 09:34 pm
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Stake Out

From the story:

. . . more than 75 are pulled from the spot during the cleanup every year.

Don't you think they might have set up a stake out operation, a sting operation, some surveillance cameras . . . . something?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/20/13 - 10:24 pm
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Sure Riverkeeper picks up

Sure Riverkeeper picks up trash and tires. They are just like the SPCA who shows you the pictures of the dogs and cats to get your money which they then spend hassling the beef, pork, and chicken industry.

Believe me, when Riverkeeper is picking up tires and trash it is more of a photo op than it's main mission.

ritaham
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ritaham 10/21/13 - 10:51 am
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Rivers Alive

Thank you for the excellent coverage of the Lake Olmstead annual cleanup. It is a worthy efforts by so many Augustans. We met lots of charming litter control folks and got so much recycling done. So sorry that some cannot see the benefits of litter control awareness. I know even critics of Savannah Riverkeeper can appreciate this effort by so many.

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