NWF Earth Tomorrow® Leaders get ‘Down and Dirty’ for Rivers Alive
The importance of clean-ups like this one was underscored in pre- and post-clean-up discussions with the youth leaders and other volunteers about the challenges with controlling diffuse,
nonpoint source pollution (NPS). NPS is a major problem nationwide for streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries. In fact, it is the nation’s largest source of water quality problems. NPS occurs when rainfall, melted snow, or waters from irrigation flow over land or through the ground and carries pollutants and deposits them into surface waters or introduces them into groundwater sources. Because of NPS, water bodies across the nation are not clean enough to support designated uses such as fishing and swimming.
Rivers Alive is Georgia’s annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. Rivers Alive is held annually each fall and is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program. This clean-up event was coordinated in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. All volunteers were given Rivers Alive T-shirts from the GA Department of Natural Resources as a small token of appreciation for their service.
NWF’s Atlanta Earth Tomorrow® Program engages urban youth in investigating causes of environmental challenges, helps them connect to nature, fosters their leadership of youth-led community action projects, promotes civic engagement, and nurtures leadership skills for building personal environmental stewardship. Program participants attend high schools in the Atlanta Public Schools System as well as the Cobb, Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton County School Districts.
For more information about the Earth Tomorrow® Program, please contact Na’Taki Osborne Jelks at firstname.lastname@example.org.