Cleaning up Etowah Co. Rivers

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.