There is zero doubt that residents of East Central Alabama and West Georgia love their lake. Lake Wedowee has been called one of the cleanest lakes in the state, and that speaks directly to the people who call this area home.
Each year, a group of volunteers meet at the Highway 48 bridge in front of Wedowee Marine South for a three-day cleanup of Lake Wedowee, led by the Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association and Alabama Power. This year, those dates will stretch from Wednesday, October 24 through Friday, October 26, from 8 A.M. until 1 P.M. central time.
"Renew our Rivers" has expanded over the years, as the number of volunteers has grown. Some residents even donate food and boats to aid in the efforts. Each year, local restaurants and grocery stores have provided lunch to volunteers, and locals have loaned their boats to the LWPOA to transport volunteers around the lake and to haul the collected trash.
Over the years, volunteers have collected everything from soda bottles and fast food sacks, to tires and bowling balls (yes, they actually float). Most of the trash collected has come from highway drivers and passengers who litter, however, the amount of trash has decreased each year.
If you are interested in volunteering in this year's "Renew our Rivers" cleanup, LWPOA will meet each day at the Highway 48 ramp, in front of Wedowee Marine South, at 8 A.M. central time. The LWPOA recommends wearing an old t-shirt, long pants, and boots, but also advises to check the weather each day and to dress accordingly. If you would like to provide lunch for volunteers, or to donate your boat for the cleanup, contact Sheila Smith, or Marlon and Betty Glover, their contact information is available on LakeWedoweePOA.com/our-mission. If you loan your boat to "Renew Our Rivers" for lake cleanup, the LWPOA will clean your boat prior to return.
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