Lake Wedowee Clean Up this year was a big success. The Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association along with Alabama Power’s “Renew Our Rivers” program collected more than 8,000 pounds of trash from the shoreline of the lake. LWPOA had 90 volunteers turn out over the course of three days, filling three construction roll-offs. That’s almost 100 lbs of trash per person. Most of the trash hauled out was plastic drink containers and other plastic items that will never decompose.
Alabama power provided personnel and two barges to move trash picked up along the lake shores back to the dumpsters at the highway 48 ramp. They also provided T-shirts and heavy duty bags for the trash.
LWPOA chair Claudette Brown recognized the many volunteers who contributed their time and hard work.
“It’s great to see so many of our members come out every October to keep the lake one of the cleanest in Alabama,” she said. “The community support was great, as always.”
LWPOA recognizes the community effort that made the event possible again this year. Andy Etheridge of ALA-GA Rolloff provided the dumpsters and we thank the Randolph County Commission for their assistance. Breakfasts were provided by Heather and HB Enger, Claudette and Doug Brown, and Lee and Nancy Olson. Lunches were provided by David Daniel of Chick-fil-A in Carrollton, Telisha and Donnie Gibson of Smokin Pig Barbecue, and Hunter Bend Realty’s Crystal Barnes-Key and Rhett Kirby. Their generosity sustained the volunteers during the three days of work. Rice Pavilion provided a beautiful place to eat.
Many LWPOA members provided their pontoon boats and Eric Morris of Wedowee Marine South provided two boats. LWPOA buys the gas for the boats, provides the pressure washer and members pressure wash the boats at the end of the clean up.
Other sponsors for Lake Clean Up included Crouch Realty, Terry Norton Realty, Re-Max Lakefront Realty, Lake Wedowee Body Shop, Wedowee Bait and Tackle and two members, Mike Howzen and John Phillips.