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.


2019 Renew Our Rivers schedule


Feb. 16: Alabama River

Contact: John Paul O’Driscoll

March 9: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River)

Contact: Brad Moore

March 16: Valley Creek

Contact: Freddie Freeman

205-424-4060, ext. 4188

March 23: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713

March 31 - April 6: Lake Logan Martin (Coosa River)

Contact: Mike Riley at 205-531-2372

March 24 - March 30: Lay Lake (Coosa River)

Judy Jones at 205-669-4865

April 6: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa River)

Contact: Tanisha Fenderson

April 6: Cahaba River

Contact Myra Crawford

April 10 - 11: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111

April 13: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa)

Contact: Nick Baker at 205-226-1885

April 19: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)

Contact: Jeff Baker

205-408-2033 or

April 20: Weiss Lake

Contact: Sam Marko at 404-626-8594

April 26: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

April 27: Lake Jordan (Coosa River)

Contact: Brenda Basnight at 334-478-3388

May 3: Gorgas Steam Plant (Mulberry Fork)

Contact: Joel McCray

May 6 - 7: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

May 18: Bankhead Lake (Black Warrior River)

Contact: Buck Vines at 205-226-1170

Aug. 3: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River)

Contact: Becky Clark at 205-799-2449

Aug. 17: Upper Tallapoosa River

Contact: Lex Brown at 256-239-6399

Aug. 23: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)

Contact: Jeff Baker

205-408-2033 or

Sept: 9 - 10: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

Sept. 12: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Jim Eason

Sept. 12-14: Village Creek

Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

Sept. 20: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

Sept. 28: Valley Creek


Oct. 4-5: Lake Demopolis

Contact: Jesse Johnson

334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257

Oct. 15: Dog River (Mobile County)

Contact: Catie Boss

251-829-2146 or

Oct. 22 - 24: R.L. Harris Lake
(Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)

Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093

Marlin Glover at 770-445-0824

Oct. 26: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713

Oct. 28 - Nov. 2: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)

Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900

Nov. 1 - 2: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)

Contact: John Thompson

334-399-3289 or