Flint River Cleanup makes for a better environment

ALBANY, Ga. — There are many ways to strengthen a family — picking up trash might be one of them.

The eighth annual Flint River cleanup Saturday brought families and singles out to pick up the debris less caring people threw away along and in the river.

“This is an opportunity to clean the river area up and make everything look a lot nicer,” said Tommy Langstaff, who volunteered with his wife Virginia and two sons, Pete and Reynolds.

Armed with pick-up claws and trash bags supplied by Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, the Langstaffs marched into the cleanup. The family headed into the trails and woods at Third Avenue and the river.

The river cleanup is part of a statewide program, Rivers Alive, which gathers volunteers to clean more than 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers, lakes and streams.

Last year empty plastic bottles, cans, tires, stoves and other assorted debris made up more than three tons of environmentally ruinous material from the river and its environs.

“People think that if they just throw something in the water that it is gone,” said Judy Bowles, executive director of the beautification group. “It disturbs the environment of the water, the ecosystem is affected.”