Renew Our Rivers

Renew Our Rivers began in 2000 as a community river cleanup organized by Alabama Power employees from Plant Gadsden concerned about litter found along the Coosa River. Founded by Gene Phifer, the program is now one of the nation’s largest river cleanups including river systems across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

For each cleanup, Alabama Power works with local community partners, volunteers and organizations. Since its inception, more than 110,000 volunteers have removed some 15 million pounds of trash from waterways across the Southeast. In 2017 alone, more than 4,700 volunteers removed more than 295,000 pounds of trash and debris from Alabama waterways.

This year, 30 cleanups are planned through November on the Alabama, Black Warrior, Cahaba, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Mobile and Tallapoosa rivers. Join a cleanup listed in the schedule below or contact Mike Clelland at for more information.


2018 Renew Our Rivers schedule


Feb. 17: Alabama River
Contact: John-Paul O’Driscoll at 334-358-6749

March 3: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River)
Contact: Brad Moore at 334-616-7888

March 17: Valley Creek
Contact: Freddie Freeman at 205-424-4060 ext. 4188 or

March 17-24: Logan Martin (Coosa River)
Contact: Mike Riley at 205-531-2372

March 24: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)
Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713 or

April 7: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa River)
Contact: Tanisha Fenderson at 205-669-2020

April 7: Cahaba River
Contact: Myra Crawford at

April 11-12: Smith Lake (Winston County)
Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111

April 14: Lake Jordan (Coosa River)
Contact: Brenda Basnight at 334-478-3388

April 15-21: Lay Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Judy Jones at 205-669-4865

April 20: Smith Lake (Cullman County)
Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

April 24-25: Plant Barry (Mobile River)
Contact: Bo Cotton at 251-331-0603

April 27: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)
Contact: Jeff Baker at 205-408-2033 or

April 28: Weiss Lake
Contact: Sam Marko at 404-626-8594

May 7-8: Smith Lake (Walker County)
Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

May 11: Gorgas Steam Plant (Mulberry Fork)
Contact: Che George at 205-686-2324 or

May 19: Bankhead Lake (Black Warrior River)
Contact: Buck Vines at 205-226-1170

Aug. 4: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River)
Contact: Becky Clark at 205-799-2449

Aug. 4: Upper Tallapoosa River
Contact: Lex Brown at 256-748-3842

Aug. 25: Neely Henry Lake (Calhoun County)
Contact: Casandra Lewis Maudsley at 205-472-0481 or

Sept. 10-11: Smith Lake (Walker County)
Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

Sept.14: Smith Lake (Cullman County)
Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

Sept. 13-15: Village Creek
Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

Sept. 28-29: Lake Demopolis
Contact: Jesse Johnson at 334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257

Oct. 4: Smith Lake (Winston County)
Contact: Jim Eason at

Oct. 9: Dog River (Mobile County)
Contact: Catie Boss at 251-829-2146 or

Oct. 27: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)
Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713 or

Oct. 23-25: R.L. Harris (Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)
Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093 or Marlin Glover at

Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900

Nov. 2-3: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)
Contact: John Thompson at 334-399-3289