Volunteers set to clean Valley Creek March 17

What:  The annual Valley Creek cleanup is Saturday, March 17. Volunteers should report at 8:30 a.m. to one of nine collection sites around Jefferson County (see locations below). One cleanup, at Pleasant Hill Church in McAdory, will be held a week earlier on Saturday, March 10. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes and minors must have a chaperone. The cleanups will end at noon and lunch will be provided at each location.

These cleanups are a partnership of the Jefferson County Department of Health Watershed Protection Program, the Storm Water Management Authority Inc., Birmingham Stormwater Program, Bessemer Stormwater Program, Freshwater Land Trust, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Reserves, Alabama Power Renew Our Rivers, the cities of Birmingham, Midfield, Lipscomb, Pleasant Grove, Hueytown, Brighton, Bessemer and Jefferson County.

This year’s event also features a watershed video competition for students.

Overview:  Volunteers for Renew Our Rivers have collected nearly 15 million pounds of trash since the program’s inception in 2000. Visit our website, https://apcshorelines.com/blog/ for a schedule of upcoming cleanups.

                                     Directions:               Location 1:   Five Points West Library, 4812 Ave. W., Birmingham

                                    Location 2:   545 B.Y. Williams Sr. Drive, Midfield (vacant lot by church)

                                    Location 3:   McNeil Park, 1931 13th St. N., Bessemer

                                    Location 4:   Lock 17 Road Bridge over Valley Creek, Jefferson County

                                    Location 5:   Senior Citizens Center, 4100 Main St, Brighton

                                    Location 6:   Fairfield High School, 610 Valley Road, Fairfield

                                    Location 7:   Hueytown High School, 4881 15th Street Road, Hueytown

                                    Location 8:   Lipscomb City Hall, 5512 Avenue H, Lipscomb

                                    Location 9:   Bethel Baptist Church, 635 9th Way, Pleasant Grove

Volunteer Contact:   For additional information on the cleanups and the video competition, visit www.jcdh.org and search “Valley Creek Clean-up” or call Freddie Freeman at 205-424-4060, ext. 4188.