Special to the Times
The Henry County Water &
Sewerage Authority (HCWSA) is joining Henry County Storm-water
Management and Strong Rock Christian School to host the 2012
Henry County Rivers Alive on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1
p.m., at 4200 Strong Rock Parkway.
Volunteers are needed to make
this year’s Henry County Rivers Alive event a success.
Volunteers are needed to
make this year’s Henry County Rivers Alive event a success, say
event organizers. Those who register for the event will receive
a complimentary Rivers Alive t-shirt, while supplies last, as
well as free lunch and fishing from the banks of the Indian
Creek/Gardner Reservoir, which is the site where volunteers will
be shuttled to for this year’s river cleanup.
While the HCWSA has a
strong reputation and track record for community outreach,
officials from the Authority admit they have an additional self
interest in this year’s event.
The 2012 Henry County
Rivers Alive will help protect the perimeter of one of the
Authority’s drinking water reservoirs; therefore, keeping away
potential pollutants of this natural resource and safeguarding
the community’s drinking water quality and supply are among the
primary objectives of the cleanup, says Tonja Halton-Mincey,
HCWSA Environmental Specialist.
Indian Creek and the
surrounding areas of the Gardner Reservoir provide surface water
runoff that serves as the raw water source for drinking water
production for HCWSA customers. Henry County’s five drinking
water reservoirs, owned and operated by the HCWSA, also provide
opportunities for outdoor education and recreation.
Halton-Mincey also notes
that Henry County Rivers Alive serves as a key strategy for the
Authority to meet its objective to host public education and
outreach events in compliance with the Watershed Management Plan
of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, which
includes Henry County within its jurisdiction.
Rivers Alive volunteers
are encouraged to wear work boots or similar non-skid, sturdy
footwear, as well as long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and
gloves. Hats and sunscreen are also recommended, in addition to
a tool to pick up trash.
The overall goal for
Henry County Rivers Alive is to highlight and promote pollution
prevention awareness for the protection of natural resources,
adds Annie Huff, Environmental Compliance Specialist for Henry
County Stormwater Management.
Rivers Alive is Georgia’s
annual cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state,
including streams, lakes/reservoirs, beaches, and wetlands, in
addition to rivers. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create
awareness of, and involvement in, the preservation of Georgia’s
information on Rivers Alive, Henry County citizens can log onto
www.henrycountystormwater.com; or, they can contact Tonja
Halton-Mincey with Henry County Water at 678-583-3810, or Annie
Huff with Henry County Stormwater Management at 770-288-7246.