Chamber asks public's help in cleaning lake
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is asking volunteers to help renew one of the county’s main waterways.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, the chamber will host a cleanup day at the Lakeshore Marina in Ohatchee to remove trash in and around Neely Henry Lake. Volunteers can register with the Chamber Friday and pick up trash bags Saturday morning.

The project is part of Alabama Power’s Renew Our Rivers program which began in 1999. Saturday’s event coordinator, Haley Gregg, said Etowah County has been heavily involved for years cleaning up the northern portions of the Neely Henry reservoir, but the southern portion extending into Calhoun County has gone neglected. Ohatchee Mayor Steve Baswell asked the chamber earlier this year to get involved in the project to help clean up one of the town’s biggest tourism draws.

“The town of Ohatchee has been heavily involved in getting this going,” Gregg said. “It’s one of our biggest fishing and water sport spots for Calhoun County.”

Officials with the power company will be on hand Saturday to assist volunteers and provide boats to clean up trash along the river.

Gregg said more than 100 volunteers have already registered to cleanup and she’d like to make the cleanup an annual event.

Besides the town of Ohatchee, the chamber, and Alabama Power, the event is also being sponsored by the Neely Henry Lake Association, Fort McClellan Credit Union and Moore Printing Company.

Cleanup will start at 7:30 and end around noon. Lunch will be served for registered volunteers.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call the Chamber of Commerce at 256-237-3536 no later than 5 p.m. Friday.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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