Volunteers clean up the Ocmulgee River

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Ten years ago, 35 volunteers came together to clean up Macon’s main source of drinking water.

That effort is now an annual event called Ocmulgee Alive.

With trash bags in hand, people scoured the River Walk to pick up litter.

The event organizer, Mark Wyzalek, said there has been a decrease in trash since Ocmulgee Alive began, but there’s still a problem. 

“The issue is within the street intersections and ramps. Things that fall into the street will wash into our streams and creeks,” explained Wyzalek.

Volunteers believe it’s their duty to keep the environment clean.

“It needs to be passed from generation to generation. It’s something that we shouldn’t take for granted. We should pass it along better than it was when we had it,” said volunteer Lee Smith.

Smith adds, to make sure the environment stays clean, people should start with educating children.

“Let them see the habit and as they grow up, they’ll have the same habits,” explained Smith. 

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