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, about 110,000 volunteers have removed some15 million pounds of trash from waterways across the Southeast. In 2016 alone, more than 3,600 volunteers removed more than 350,000 pounds of trash and debris.

This year, 32 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.


2017 Renew Our Rivers schedule


March 4: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River)
Contact: Brad Moore at 334-616-7888

March 11: Lake Seminole (Chattahoochee River)
Contact: Melanie Rogers at 334-814-4673

March 18: Chattahoochee River (Omusse Creek)
Contact: Melanie Rogers at 334-814-4673

March 25: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)
Contact: Steve Miles at 205-612-2185

March 25 – April 1: Logan Martin Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Mike Riley at 205-531-2372

April 4-5: Plant Barry (Mobile River)
Contact: Angela Jimmerson at 251-829-2802

April 8: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa River)
Contact: Hagen Kaylor at 205-669-8063

April 10: Warrior River (Tuscaloosa) U. of A. SGA
Contact: Ryan Anderson at 205-789-5459 or

April 22: Lake Jordan (Coosa River)
Contact: Barbara Dreyer at 334-567-7551

April 23-29: Lay Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Judy Jones at 205-669-4865

April 26-27: Smith Lake (Winston County)
Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111

April 28: Smith Lake (Cullman County)
Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

May 5: Yates and Thurlow lakes (Tallapoosa River)
Contact: Joel Johnston at 334-283-1054

May 13: Bankhead Lake (Black Warrior River)
Contact: Buck Vines at 205-226-1170

May 15-16: Smith Lake (Walker County)
Contact: Roger Treglown 205-300-5253

May 19: Gorgas Steam Plant (Mulberry Fork)
Contact: Che George at 205-686-2324 or

May 20: Weiss Lake

June 3: Alabama River
Contact: John-Paul O’Driscoll at 334-358-6749


Aug. 5: Upper Tallapoosa River
Contact: Lex Brown at 256-239-6399

Aug. 5: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River) PENDING
Contact: Ed Cook at 205-331-1365 or

Aug. 17-19: Valley Creek

Aug. 25: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)
Contact: Jeff Baker at 205-408-2033 or

Aug. 26: Neely Henry Lake (Calhoun County)
Contact: Casandra Lewis Maudsley at or 205-472-0481

Sept.15: Smith Lake (Cullman County)
Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

Sept. 14-16: Village Creek
Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

Sept. 22-23: Lake Demopolis
Contact: Jesse Johnson at 334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257

Oct. 5: Smith Lake (Winston County)
Contact: Jim Eason at

Oct. 10: Dog River (Mobile County)
Contact: Catie Boss at 251-829-2146 or

Oct. 24-26: R.L. Harris (Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)
Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093 or Marlin Glover at

Oct. 28: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)
Contact: Steve Miles at 205-612-2185

Oct. 30-Nov.2: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900

Nov. 3-4: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)
Contact: John Thompson at 334-399-3289 or

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