Renew our Rivers

Renew Our Rivers has become the Southeast's largest organized river-system cleanup, thanks to the efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida with support from the media and community partners around the region.

The fall Renew Our Rivers schedule is listed below.

September 6-7  Smith Lake (Cullman County) This cleanup will concentrate on large blocks of Styrofoam from abandoned and damaged piers.

Contact: Debbie Berry, Smith Lake Environmental Preservation Committee,

(205) 823-0015

September 15  Village Creek (Birmingham area) The community cleanup will be Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Contact: Dr. Mabel Anderson, Village Creek Society, (205) 798-0087

October 1-6  R.L. Harris (Lake Wedowee)

Volunteers during the week should contact organizers. The Saturday cleanup on Oct. 6 will be at Highway 48 boat ramp from 8 a.m. to noon.

Contact: Bob May, Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association, (256) 357-2656, or Shelia Smith, Alabama Power, (256) 396-5093

October 12  Locust Fork (Black Warrior River) Miller Steam Plant will host its cleanup with assistance from community volunteers. Sites to cleanup include Birmingham Port and Plant Miller Holding Pond.

Contact: Eddie Borders, Plant Miller, (205) 488-2106

October 13 Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

The cleanup will be held at Higgins Ferry Park, near Clanton from 8 a.m.

to noon followed by a picnic lunch.

Contact: Doug Martin, (205) 755-0863, Lake Mitchell Homeowners and Boat Owners Association or Larry Waldron, (205) 987-7217.

October 22-24  Smith Lake (Walker County) Volunteers will meet at Smith Lake Dam boat launch at 8 a.m. This cleanup will target large blocks of Styrofoam from abandoned and damaged piers.

Contact: Jim Beason, (205) 387-2654, or Charles Boyd (205) 221-2183,, Smith Lake Civic Association.

Volunteers prepare to clean up local rivers this fall as part of Renew Our Rivers...

Nationally, Renew Our Rivers has been recognized by or won awards from the National Hydropower Association, Keep America Beautiful and the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

For more information about Renew Our Rivers and details about Alabama Power's environmental initiatives, please visit