Choctawhatchee River Keepers Clean Waterways

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

The Choctawhatchee River Keepers met in Newton Sunday afternoon with oars in their hands, ready to clean the river.
Although the turnout was lower than expected, the group didn't allow that to distract them from their goal.
Terry and Susan Bishop are participating in their first river clean up.
“We're picking up garbage that people have dropped along the way," said Terry Bishop.
Susan Bishop adds, “We’re making sure it’s clean for animals and people."
The Choctawhatchee River holds a special place in their heart, after the Bishops had a near-death experience.
Susan Bishop explains, “We had an accident and lost our boat. The boat went down and we had to walk out."
This is the River Keepers second river clean up of the year.
“I wouldn't be surprise if there are 2-300 people on the river tomorrow for recreational purposes," said Executive Director of Choctawhatchee River Keeper, Michael Mullen.
Their mission is to protect and restore the health of the river.
"We want to make sure the river is usable for people in the next generation and the generation after that," said Mullen.
The craziest thing the group has found was a television set.
“Sometimes in areas where there are a lot of people swimming they don't clean up as well as they can," said Terry Bishop.
Officials say any trash found in the river is stored underneath the bridge for Dale County Waste Management to pick up Tuesday morning.
Mullen is certain the best way to ensure the waterways stay clean is to inform and educate.
“If the people don't respect or don't want to take care of the river the government can't force them to."
The Choctawhatchee River Keepers will have another river clean up on September 12th from 1:00-4:00pm.
For more information contact Michael Mullen at (334) 566-4860 or email: riverkeeper@troycable.net.


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