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Jackson County waterways receiving a much needed clean up

Spring Creek/Chipola River Clean-up
Spring Creek/Chipola River Clean-up(Spring Creek/Chipola River Clean-up)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 3:48 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Jackson County leaders saw a need to cleanup the Chipola River and Spring Creek.

Initially, the plan was sent out for bids but the lowest bid came in at around 12-thousand dollars.

With concerns about the price, good news came in the way of a Gainesville based group, Current Problems. They agreed to perform the project at no cost.

“Their a non-profit organization that focus on waterway clean-up and they do a lot of work around the Santa Re River and the Suwannee River so they sent a representative up here we took her for a ride showed her the hot spots where we have seen a lot of activity and she said it shouldn’t be any issue,” said Rhett Daniels - Public Works Manager, Jackson County.

Now a six mile stretch of the Chipola River and Spring Creek will be restored to it’s natural state. County officials knew this was much needed due to the popularity of the area and for the safety of those who use it.

“Say you come from Tallahassee or Panama City or wherever you come to Mariana you want to float down Spring Creek and go into the Chipola River and you see it littered in beer cans and all kinds of stuff you’re probably not going to come back so when it is clean and you can trust when you step out of the kayak or tube you’re not going to be on glass you’re not going to be in danger of hurting yourself then you are probably going to come back and bring more people,” said Daniels.

Jackson County officials hope to use this as an educational opportunity.

“We hope to learn from them obviously they have a lot more experience with clean up so we can learn from them myself and others and do it ourselves on a annual basis or biannual basis to really keep the water way cleaned up the best we can,” said Daniels.

The cleanup will take place on Saturday September 19th.

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