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Renew Our Rivers’ continued impact on our community

“All life depends on clean water. We have responsibility for the plants, the animals, the insects, the fish — everything that lives around a body of water depend on us to help keep it clean.”

Mike Clelland - Alabama Power, Environmental Affairs


Environmental Affairs Specialist, Mike McClelland, reflects on the continued efforts from volunteers and the Renew Our Rivers program.

Our rivers and waterways are crucial to the lives of our customers, our communities and the wildlife who live there. Since 1999, Southern Company’s award-winning Renew Our Rivers program has removed approximately 15 million pounds of trash and debris thanks to our 110,000 volunteers.

The program joins employees from across the system with community volunteers who gather at local waterways to help improve water quality throughout the southeast. Renew Our Rivers and our partnership with the Georgia Aquarium are just a few of the many initiatives through which Southern Company promotes environmental conservation and restoration. We strive to bring awareness and be a committed citizen wherever we serve.

Watch the video for an update on volunteer efforts. If you want to be part of cleaning up our river systems, join any of our remaining cleanups for the year:

Aug. 4: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River)

Contact: Becky Clark at 205-799-2449

Aug. 4: Upper Tallapoosa River

Contact: Lex Brown at 256-748-3842

Aug. 25: Neely Henry Lake (Calhoun County)

Contact: Casandra Lewis Maudsley at 205-472-0481 or

Sept. 10-11: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

Sept.14: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

Sept. 13-15: Village Creek

Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

Sept. 28-29: Lake Demopolis

Contact: Jesse Johnson at 334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257

Oct. 4: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Jim Eason at

Oct. 9: Dog River (Mobile County)

Contact: Catie Boss at 251-829-2146 or

Oct. 27: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713 or

Oct. 23-25: R.L. Harris (Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)

Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093 or Marlin Glover at


Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)

Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900

Nov. 2-3: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)

Contact: John Thompson at 334-399-3289