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Rivers Alive Cleans Up Milton

MILTON, GA -- Milton's "Rivers Alive" waterway cleanup, education and protection program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) is co-sponsoring the event with Bailey Farm & Gardens, Inc., which has been involved with the project for 13 years.

Rivers Alive 2010 will kick off from its traditional location at Bailey Farm & Gardens (255 Hickory Flat Road, Milton, 30004), one mile west of the Birmingham Crossroads. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome to help.

Depending on age and capabilities, volunteers will be assigned to predetermined local waterways to remove debris deposited from upstream and left by passers-by. Waders and boots will be a plus for those who want to get in the river.

Jack Lindon, MGG's coordinator for the event, urges volunteers to wear appropriate shoes with good traction, as the banks are slippery.

For younger participants, there will be an opportunity to apply storm drain makers in a local neighborhood. The "Drains to Streams" marketing program is part of the Georgia Clean Water Campaign and is designed to remind everyone of the connection between what goes down storm drains and the quality of drinking water.

"We're always pleased by the growing number of hard-working volunteers, both children and adults, who show up to help," said Bill Bailey of Bailey Farm & Gardens.

Rivers Alive is an outreach program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Its mission is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources through local waterway cleanup events.

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