Volunteers roll up their sleeves May 8 for Mobile River cleanup part of Renew Our Rivers campaign

What:  The annual Mobile River cleanup started Tuesday and will run through Saturday, May 8. On Saturday, volunteers with boats will meet at the Barry Guesthouse across from Plant Barry at 8 a.m. to clean Salco Road and Ellicott Stone Historical Park.  Cleanups will end at noon.

This Renew Our Rivers cleanup is coordinated by Alabama Power employees.  More than 7 tons of trash were removed from the Mobile River and surrounding areas in 2009.

Overview:   Volunteers for Renew Our Rivers, one of the Southeast’s largest river
cleanups, have collected more than 10 million pounds of trash and debris from Alabama and Southeast rivers since the program’s inception in 2000. Twenty-five cleanups are planned through October. Cleanups are held each year on the Cahaba, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Black Warrior, Mobile and Alabama rivers.

Directions: Directions to Plant Barry From Mobile: Take Interstate 65 North for approximately 10 miles. Merge onto Highway 43 North for approximately 10 miles.  Plant Barry is located at 15300 Highway 43 North.

Contact: Don Nelson, 251-829-2732.

Media contact: Hallie Bradley, 205-257-4155