LMLPA lake cleanup begins Saturday
by David Atchison
PELL CITY – Justin Hogeland, chairman of the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association Lake Cleanup, delivered an early message Thursday night to the expected 600-800 volunteers.

“Thank you,” he said. “You made our lake look a lot better.”

In another week volunteers are expected to have retrieved tons of garbage in and around the Logan Martin Lake.

“This is an exciting time of the year,” LMLPA President Mike Riley said during Thursday night’s LMLPA spring meeting at the Pell City Civic Center. “The water is still down, but we want it down for the clean-up.”

Hogeland said everything is ready for the cleanup, which kicks off Saturday.

He said volunteers wishing to participate in the cleanup during the entire week should go to one of five collection sites from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday.

LMLPA representatives will sign up volunteers, and issue bags, T-shirts, and latex gloves.

He said volunteers can return their trash to the marina as early as Tuesday.

“They won't drop the dumpsters off until Tuesday, because most of the marinas are closed on Monday,” he said.

Hogeland asked that people who pick up tires not place them inside the dumpsters but stack them neatly outside the dumpsters.

There are five collections sites this year, which includes Lakeside Landing, Clear Creek Marina, Poor House Branch Marina, Batte’s Riverside Marina and Woods Surfside Marina. These marinas are also the places volunteers pick up their necessary supplies and T-shirts this Saturday or next Saturday.

Hogeland cautioned volunteers to be extra careful on the water and obey all state laws.

Site Captains at each marina can tell volunteers what areas need their attention.

Volunteers will use boats and pontoon boats to reach areas not accessible by foot.

Volunteers have accounted for almost 20 tons of garbage removed from the lake during just one cleanup, but the amount of garbage appears to be getting less, even though more volunteers are joining in the cleanup.

“I think this is also an indication as to how well we’re keeping the lake clean,” Riley said.

Hogeland said Alabama Power Company is a major sponsor of the cleanup through its “Renew Our Rivers” program.

He said the company is expected to have crews out next Tuesday and Wednesday to help pick up larger trash items.

Hogeland said volunteers are invited to an appreciation picnic at Lakeside Landing on U.S. 231, Pell City, next Saturday after they are through with cleanup efforts.

Hogeland said the mayors from Lincoln, Riverside and Pell City will cook and prepare hotdogs for volunteers, and there is live entertainment for the celebration picnic.

Between this Saturday and next, volunteers should return full Renew Our Rivers bags to the collection site and place them in the specially marked dumpster. Bags must be returned to the collection site because lake trash is not allowed in city or county garbage containers. Individuals should only use the LMLPA issued bags.

Individuals wishing to volunteer only on Saturday, March 23, should go to a convenient collection site between 8-9 a.m. LMLPA representatives will issue the T-shirts, bags and latex gloves. After working the morning hours of March 23, volunteers are invited to a free cleanup celebration picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lakeside Landing.

Here are the five collection sites and contact names and telephone numbers for people who which to volunteer in this year's lake cleanup.

• Lakeside Landing — Linda Ruethemann at 205-902-1196 or Charles Alexander at 205-913-6623.

• Clear Creek Marina — Paul and Elizabeth Webb at 205-268-0892.

• Poor House Branch Marina — Dick Franke at 256-268-1445 or 256-322-1700.

• Battle’s Riverside Marina — Larry Davis at 205-763-0353 or 205-441-4173. On March 23 call Cliff Early at 205-706-5141.

• Woods Surfside Marina — Mike Riley at 205-525-5309 or 205-531-2372.

For more information or to volunteer call Justin Hogeland at 205-516-4595 or visit www.LMLPA.org.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com

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