LMLPA planning for annual lake cleanup

The Logan Martin Lake Protection Association’s annual lake cleanup is set for March 17-24. LMLPA members met Thursday to discuss plans for the event.


PELL CITY -- The Logan Martin Lake Protection Association (LMLPA) held its organizational meeting Thursday night to discuss plans for the annual lake cleanup.

The week-long cleanup will kick off Saturday, March 17, with volunteers picking up their T-shirts, gloves and garbage bags at various collections sites scattered around Logan Martin Lake. The cleanup will end Saturday, March 24, with the volunteer picnic at Pell City Lakeside Park.

LMLPA members and volunteers met at the Pell City Civic Center to discuss plans for the cleanup.

Mike Riley, this year’s cleanup chairman, said volunteer shirts will be safety green color this year to help make volunteers more visible. Organizers plan to order about 1,000 shirts.

Volunteers must go to one of the seven collection sites between 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 17, or Saturday, March 24, to sign up, get bags, T-shirts and gloves. Volunteers can pick up along their own shoreline or any lake area of their choice.

The Caribe Club and Marina will again serve as a collection site for the Lincoln area this year.

Other collection sites include Lakeside Landing, Clear Creek Marina, Poor House Branch Marina, Woods Surfside Marina, Riverside Marina and the Pell City Civic Center.

The group normally pulls tons of trash from the lake bed and along the lake during the annual cleanup.

Riley noted that Alabama Power Company raised the lake level 2 feet in anticipation of drought conditions as summer approaches. “We went through this last year, but we collected even more than the year before,” Riley said. “I don’t think the extra 2 feet of water makes that much difference.”

He said volunteers collected 6.52 tons of trash last year, more than the previous year’s 5.99. The year before volunteers collected 5.5.

“I think the numbers have gone up because the number of volunteers has gone up,” Riley said.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Riley suggested site captains set up a tent at the collection sites, so they have a place to get out of the sun or rain.

Volunteers will travel the lake, marking a lake map as to where large, heavy items are located. Riley said he hopes Alabama Power Company will have two large barges to collect the heavy items along the lake Thursday, March 22.

Riley said he was hopeful there will be dumpsters at all the collection sites.

He said local vocalist Steve Shafer will sing at the volunteer picnic, and Toast sandwich eatery is in charge of cooking lunch. He said volunteers will finish the cleanup Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., and the picnic will start at 11:30.

Individuals or groups who wish to volunteer or would like more information about the cleanup can contact Riley at 205-531-2372 or renewourriversmike.riley@lmlpa.org.