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

251-694-2361

 

Ribbon-cutting for

“AL Solar A” Facility  

LaFayette, Chambers County

Contact: Katie Bolton

205-257-4149

 

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

205-664-6391

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

205-664-6391

 

Reef-building Project

Helen Wood Park, Mobile

Contact: Beth Thomas

251-694-2361

 

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.

April

17-20

 

Earth Week

Oak Hill School (Tuscaloosa)

Contact: Heather White

334-208-4400

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

 

April

20-21

 

 

 

 

The Dam Ride 2018

Coosa River

Contact: Herbie Johnson

205-257-1359

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 jcdh.org/wpd

 

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 www.alabamapower.com. Click “Our Company” and then “Environmental Stewardship.”