Earth Day is Monday, and volunteers across Tuscaloosa County will spend the weekend keeping it green by clearing outdoor spaces of litter during three cleanup events.

(Stephen Dethrage | Tuscaloosa Thread)
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Volunteers are needed "to help preserve the pristine beauty of Lake Tuscaloosa" during the city's 'Love our Lakes Day' on Saturday - especially those who can bring their own boats!

The event, presented by Russell Marine, runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, and people who have access to their own boat are encouraged to bring them to assist in cleaning the lake.

Good folks looking to take part are encouraged but not required to pre-register online here. Volunteers will then check in at the Rock Quarry Boat Landing on Lake Tuscaloosa, where city staff will distribute garbage bags and litter pick-up gear.

Both breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the first 150 volunteers to arrive will receive a free T-shirt!

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If moving water is more your speed, Creekkeeper John Wathen is once again organizing the annual Friends of Hurricane Creek Cleanup, which will also take place Saturday morning.

Wathen said the Friends have hosted the event annually for more than 30 years and said it was the longest-running public cleanup in the state.

This Saturday, the Friends will meet at Watson's Bend Campground to drink coffee and get instructions then work until noon or 1 p.m. removing litter from the creek and land around it. Volunteers are welcome during any duration of the Cleanup and can enjoy a lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers starting around noon.

Wathen said the event is family-friendly and open to people of all ages, although volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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The Tuscaloosa County Commission is bringing back its annual spring clean-up Saturday as well.

This less-organized countywide cleanup will see volunteers and community groups take advantage of trash collection sites throughout the area, where they can drop any trash or litter except hazardous materials and household garbage.

Those looking to participate who need gear can request and receive bags, reflective vests and other equipment by contacting the County Solid Waste Department at 205-464-8216.

These collection bins will be set up at twelve sites throughout the county - three in each commissioner's district.

Commission District 1:
- 13600 Highway 82 W (Camp
- 17504 Finnell Road (Camp
- Highway 171 / Montgomery
VFD / Ballfield Parking Lot

Commission District 2:
- Jerry Tingle Activity Center
(21973 Highway 216)
- Highway 216 / Keenes Mill
Road (5826 Keenes Mill Road)
- Coaling Fire Department
(15150 Highway 11 N)

Commission District 3:
- Big Sandy Elementary School
(11950 Upper Hull Road)
- Englewood Elementary School
(10300 Old Greensboro Road)
- Maxwell Elementary School
(11370 Monticello Drive)

Commission District 4:
- Foster’s Grocery Store (13474
Highway 11 S)
- Buhl Elementary School (11968
Buhl School Road)
- Sipsey Valley Middle School
(15817 Romulus Road)

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