Unfortunately, it is also as easily polluted as the air we breath. Protecting our water supply is everyone’s responsibility. It is a long-term investment that is both scientifically sound and fiscally prudent. Once our water supply is polluted the costs of treating it for our consumption begin to increase dramatically.
Various statewide river cleanups began in the early ’90’s, but came together to form Rivers Alive in 1999. Since then, hundreds of organizations have joined together to organize and sponsor their own annual Rivers Alive events, cleaning up the wetlands and rivers in their communities.
This weekend, the Georgia Wildlife Federation is hosting two different Rivers Alive events. In Covington, we are partnering with Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful to clean up the watershed of the Alcovy River, Newton County’s primary source of drinking water. Volunteers will meet on the square in Covington at 9 a.m. and will be dispersed throughout the county on cleanup missions before meeting at the GWF’s Alcovy Conservation Center for lunch and activities. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and get a first-hand look at where your water comes from while staking a claim in its protection.
At the Georgia Wildlife Federation’s Mill Creek Nature Center in Buford, GA, we will be hosting another Rivers Alive event from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an educational event for the whole family. There will be six Discovery Stations along the trails at Mill Creek where you can learn about birds, reptiles, butterflies and trees in this wetland oasis near the Mall of Georgia.
It’s an important lesson to teach children (and adults) that water does not come out of the tap on its own. There is a source and that source is constantly vulnerable. Take your family out this weekend – or to one of the many other Rivers Alive events scheduled around the state – and find out where your water comes from and play a role in the protection and preservation of this most important resource.
For information on Rivers Alive at Mill Creek Nature Center, please email Hank Ohme at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Covington cleanup, call the Georgia Wildlife Federation at 770-787-7887. For more Rivers Alive events, see the statewide list of events here.