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Cleaning up Etowah Co. Rivers

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A week after the nation celebrated Earth Day, local rivers are getting some special attention.  Renew Our Rivers begins Monday, April 29.  Today, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office announced joining the efforts.  More than 35 inmates, from the Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP), will spend the week picking up trash and removing debris from the river banks of the Coosa River.  They will be supervised by deputies.

"We want to do our part to keep Etowah County clean and beautiful," says Sheriff Todd Entrekin.  "I want to encourage everyone to get out and clean up their community.  Etowah County is a beautiful place to live.  We need to keep it that way."

Inmates began work with the Renew Our Rivers campaign Monday, April 29 and will continue through Friday, May 3.  Collected trash and debris can be seen in the parking lot of the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre.
Renew Our Rivers is an award-winning environmental river cleanup program that began as Renew the Coosa, a vision of retired Alabama Power employee Gene Phifer.  More than 10 million pounds of trash and debris have been removed from Alabama and Southeast Rivers since the campaign began.

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