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Jordan HOBOs schedule annual cleanup

Published 11:12am Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Lake Jordan Home­owners and Boat Owners Association (HOBO) will hold its 23rd annual lake cleanup April 27.
Volunteers are asked to meet at Bonner’s Point at 8 a.m. to join in the yearly effort to remove trash and debris from Lake Jordan.
“The cleanup will go on rain or shine,” said Marci Williams, publicity coordinator. “This annual event has literally cleaned tons of trash from our lake since 1991.
“We always need more volunteers, and we truly hope this will be our biggest and best year ever.”
Gloves, trash bags and “Renew Our Rivers” T-shirts will be provided to workers by Alabama Power Company.
The power company, along with Alabama Fish and Game and Search and Rescue of Elmore County will furnish boats and manpower to help in the cleanup.
In addition to volunteers, pontoon and fishing boats are needed for the effort. Organizers said chest waders and trash-gathering tools will also be helpful during the event.
All workers will be provided lunch.
Those who can’t physically help in the effort are encouraged to donate chips, cookies, drinks or money to purchase those items.
The local program is one of the largest organized waterway cleanup efforts in the Southeast. The event has been held every spring since 1991. More than 50 tons of trash has been removed from the lake since 1999.
Alabama Power Com­pany became involved in the Lake Jordan cleanup campaign in May 2000. At that time, the program was named “Renew the Coosa.”
In subsequent years, the initiative grew to encompass river systems across the state and the name was changed to “Renew Our Rivers.”
Everyone who enjoys the lake – homeowners, swimmers, boat owners, fishermen and others – is asked to help.
Anyone who plans to participate or who can provide a boat should call Barbara Dreyer at 334-567-7551.
Those who want to donate food items should call Liz Tremontana at 334-567-0694 or Karla Quinn at 334-412-7795.

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