Water quality of Mulberry River is aim of Rivers Alive cleanup

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Ted Bain tosses a bag into a dump truck filled with trash collected from the cleanup.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

Almost 50 volunteers showed up Saturday to help clean up the Mulberry River.

The Rivers Alive Clean-up lasted from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Volunteers cleaned up areas along the Mulberry River and the adjacent roadways along Thompson Mill Road River walk and along Highway 124 near the Mulberry River bridge.

“I grew up on rivers, and I loved it, and just want to share it with my kids,” said clean-up participant Ted Bain, who brought along his two sons. “With enjoying rivers comes caring for it.”

Volunteer collected everything from old tires and pipes to broken down road signs.

The 48 volunteers included members of the Barrow County 4-H Club, the Winder-Barrow High School Key Club, and the Mill Creek Service Unit Troup 1630 of the Girl Scouts.

“Most don’t realize the Mulberry River is what they drink,” said WBHS Key Club advisor Brandon Mitchell, who said that as the advisor he gets to choose community service projects for the club.

This is the second Rivers Alive cleanup held in Jackson County in October. On Oct. 6, tributaries on the east side of Jackson County were addressed by volunteers of Keep Jackson County Beautiful and the Jackson County Public Development.