Alabama Power, Renew Our Rivers volunteers focus on stewardship, conservation this spring

Alabama Power and Renew Our Rivers volunteers will be busy this spring working with community partners on cleanups and other events focusing on environmental stewardship, education and conservation.


Thirteen river cleanups coordinated through the Renew Our Rivers campaign will draw hundreds of volunteers in March and April. Other events scheduled include an Arbor Day tree giveaway, a ribbon-cutting for a new solar facility, work on an artificial reef in Mobile and more.  


“Alabama Power employees are committed to protecting the environment, on the job and in their communities,” said Susan Comensky, Alabama Power’s vice president for Environmental Affairs. “We work with partners across the state to raise awareness about Alabama’s natural beauty and its biological diversity while supporting efforts to help conserve our state’s important natural resources.”


Stewardship, education and conservation events in March and April include:


March 3





March 15




Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Tricentennial Park, Mobile

Contact: Beth Thomas



Ribbon-cutting for

“AL Solar A” Facility  

LaFayette, Chambers County

Contact: Katie Bolton



Alabama Power will partner with the city of Mobile for an Arbor Day event and tree giveaway. 



One of the state's largest solar energy facilities, built in partnership with Alabama Power, will celebrate its successful launch with a ribbon-cutting.  

March 19


Fish Habitat Construction and Installation

Neely Henry Lake

Contact: Mike Clelland


Alabama Power will work with the Neely Henry Lake Association to build and install fish habitats on Neely Henry Lake.














March 28






April 14

Fish Habitat Construction and Installation

Smith Lake

Contact: Mike Clelland



Reef-building Project

Helen Wood Park, Mobile

Contact: Beth Thomas



Alabama Power will work with the U.S. Forest Service and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to build and install fish habitats on Smith Lake.


Alabama Power will work with The Nature Conservancy and the city of Mobile to build artificial reefs.




Earth Week

Oak Hill School (Tuscaloosa)

Contact: Heather White


The Alabama Power Service Organization Western Division chapter will support Earth Week activities at Oak Hill School, which serves special-needs students in Tuscaloosa.








The Dam Ride 2018

Coosa River

Contact: Herbie Johnson


Bicycle or kayak ride includes route by Alabama Power hydro dams on Coosa River in Shelby and Chilton counties and is a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi Chapter.



























Renew Our Rivers has had 110,000 volunteers join the effort since its inception in 2000, collecting more than 15 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways across the Southeast. In 2017 alone, 4,714 volunteers removed more than 295,000 pounds of trash from Alabama lakes, rivers and shorelines.


There are 13 opportunities to volunteer at a Renew Our Rivers cleanup in March and April:


March 3: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River)
Contact: Brad Moore at 334-750-7824


March 17: Valley Creek
Contact: Freddie Freeman at 205-424-4060 ext. 4188 or


March 17-24: Logan Martin (Coosa River)
Contact: Mike Riley at 205-531-2372


March 24: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)
Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713 or [email protected]


April 7: Lay Lake at Plant E.C. Gaston (Coosa River)
Contact: Tanisha Fenderson at [email protected]


April 7:  Cahaba River
Contact: Myra Crawford at [email protected]


April 11-12:  Smith Lake (Winston County)
Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111


April 15-21:  Lay Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Judy Jones at 205-669-4865


April 20:  Smith Lake (Cullman County)
Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981


April 21Lake Jordan (Coosa River)
Contact: Brenda Basnight at 334-478-3388


April 24-25: Plant Barry (Mobile River)
Contact: Bo Cotton at 251-331-0603


April 27: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)
Contact: Jeff Baker at 205-408-2033 or [email protected]


April 28: Weiss Lake
Contact: Sam Marko at 404-626-8594.


For details about Alabama Power’s efforts to protect the environment and conserve natural resources, visit Click “Our Company” and then “Environmental Stewardship.”