Renew Our Rivers Removes 190 Tons of Trash

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Renew Our Rivers campaign removed more than 380,000 pounds of trash and debris from Alabama waterways in 2013.

Alabama Power vice president Matt Bowden says more than 5,700 volunteers in 32 communities across the state partnered with power company employees to clean up waterways.

He said the program began in 2000 with one Alabama Power employee in Gadsden who sought to improve the Coosa River.

It has grown since then, with more than 56,000 participants removing more than 13 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways in the Southeast.

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