Many of us are looking forward to spring and summer days when we can spend time fishing, hiking, boating, having picnics, and enjoying the great outdoors.
KALB works hard to make those days more enjoyable through education and volunteer opportunities focused on litter abatement and litter removal. On April 9th, KALB will offer an event in which we welcome you to participate.
Our annual Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 9th. Volunteers will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the boat ramp on Hatchery Rd. off Hwy. 99 in West Limestone. Individuals and registered teams are welcome. Once everyone has signed in and received supplies and instructions, groups will be assigned to an area to clean up.
Damien Simbeck from TVA will join us and bring lots of supplies. He and his crew will take one group out onto the water.
A complimentary lunch will be served to all volunteers at noon as a thank you for making a difference.
Information and registration forms can be found on the KALB website at www.KALB.com. You will find the link to the 2016 Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup under the EVENTS tab.
Thanks to TVA, we are once again able to offer cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 to the top three groups picking up the most pounds of trash. This year the rules have changed slightly. Each team's total trash weight will be divided by the number of members on the team, arriving at a per capita number. That will be the number that is used to determine winners.
This will allow smaller teams to complete fairly with larger teams. Here are a few other guidelines:
• Teams must consist of at least 5 members.
• Extra credit points will be given to groups that separate recyclables.
• All debris must be weighed by the noon deadline.
• All debris must come from designated areas as specified by KALB.
• Concrete and bricks will not be accepted for weighing. These are often placed by the county or TVA to stabilize land.
• Deadline for team registration is March 30, 2016.
Teams must register by March 30, 2016 to participate in the Team Challenge. Contact KALB for additional information. We'd love to hear from you!
Individuals should contact KALB at 256-233-8000 or KALBCares@gmail.com to let us know you are coming so we can prepare enough food for lunch. Individuals may come even if not registered; however, registration is preferred.
Volunteers are welcome to bring boats, canoes, or kayaks to capture debris from the water. We have a huge problem with trash collecting in sloughs, which cannot be reached by land or a larger boat. Some kayaks may be available if requested IN ADVANCE.
Come out and join us for a day in the outdoors doing something good for our community.
By: Lynne Hart