The Apalachicola Riverkeeper, along with the Franklin County Departments of Parks & Recreation and Solid Waste & Recycling, is co-sponsoring the Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our oceans, lakes and rivers.

The cleanup will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at 16 locations in Franklin County and a 17th location at the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.

In Franklin County last year, 315 volunteers collected 3.4 tons of trash from the local beaches, bay, gulf, and river. Each year, volunteers not only remove trash from the environment but also record what they collect in order to develop ways to deter these trash problems in the future.

The 10 locations below need volunteers. We provide trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, water, snacks, and data cards. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, protective clothing, and sturdy shoes.

The cleanup locations and where to meet: 

Apalachicola


10-Foot Hole at Battery Park, under the bridge
Abercrombie Landing - 12th Street out about four miles

Alligator Point


Bald Point State Park at 146 Box Cut Road

Carrabelle


City Pavilion on Marine Street
Carrabelle Beach across from RV park

Eastpoint


Downtown pavilion area on Hwy. 98
Marion Millender Park, off Patton Street

Lanark Beach


Public Access Point, on Arizona Street south of Hwy 98

St. George Island


Downtown Lighthouse Park, in front of lighthouse
Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park, check-in at park gate (most appropriate for adults)

Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Apalachicola River and Bay and the only organization whose sole mission is to preserve this spectacular natural resource for future generations.

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

For more information call Ada Long at 927-3776 or email adalong@uab.edu