Annual Help the Hooch effort seeks volunteers

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 19, 2013 

It is almost time for the annual Help the Hooch river cleanup and Keep Columbus Beautiful is seeking volunteers.

"We usually have anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 people participate," 2013 Hooch chairperson Jenn Collins said Monday. This year's event is Oct. 5.

"We want people to go ahead and register a site so we will know where people will be working," Collins said.

This will be the 19th year for Help the Hooch, which Collins called the Southeast's largest river cleanup.

While some work will be done by students at local public and private schools around their campuses on Oct. 4, the main cleanup is the next day from 8 a.m. until noon.

Volunteers will work at lakes, streams and public parks throughout Columbus and Phenix City.

"We work both sides of the river," Collins said.

Volunteers will be issued cleanup equipment such as gloves and bags.

Following the cleanup on Saturday, a free watershed festival will be held for the workers at Golden Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be food and games.

Collins said there will also be water experts presenting educational information.

For registration documents, go to www.columbusga.org/keepcolsbeautiful/pdfs/HtH-reg.pdf. For more information, call 706-653-4008.

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