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Volunteers needed Saturday for Flint River cleanup

MORROW — The Clayton County Water Authority needs residents to step up and help clean up the Flint River this weekend.

The authority is participating in the annual, statewide Rivers Alive cleanup program Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at E.J. Swint Elementary School, 500 Ga. 138 in Jonesboro. The effort is designed to raise community awareness about the health of rivers by getting residents to help pick up trash in and along the river.

The need to protect the Flint River was highlighted in April when the conservation group, American Rivers, named it the second most endangered river in the U.S. The group based that ranking partially on the detrimental effects it said the urbanization of Clayton County, where the river begins, is having on it.

Stormwater staff will also conduct water quality tests on a sample taken from the river so residents can be made aware of the need to protect their water resources. The tests are being done as part of World Water Monitoring Day.

Volunteers are urged to wear outdoor clothing and waterproof boots. They will receive on-site safety training from stormwater staff members.