Cleanup scheduled Saturday around Kowaliga area

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Those who want to volunteer for Saturday’s cleanup are asked to meet at the Dirt Road Gourmet at 8:30 a.m.

Volunteers are lining up again to help clear litter from the roadways leading to Lake Martin this weekend.

“This is the fourth year for it to be going out of Dirt Road Gourmet,” Lake Martin Resource Association’s John Thompson said. “And it has been expanded quite a bit.”

For the past three years residents and volunteers from the Kowaliga area have gathered in early spring to help clear roadways using Dirt Road Gourmet as a starting point. According to Thompson, the efforts of many have created a community feel to the cleanups now instead of one organization taking the lead.

“It has expanded quite a bit,” Thompson said. “It now includes the fire stations of the Kowaliga Volunteer Fire Department. It is the community coming together from Trillium to Kowaliga to Red Hill, all in an effort to clean up roads leading to the lake.”

Thompson said Saturday’s cleanup will include volunteers from the Lake Martin Auburn Club, Lake Martin Resource Association, Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association, personnel from Alabama Power at Martin Dam and residents along the way. Saturday’s efforts will concentrate on roads including Highway 229 and Highway 50 from Highway 63 to Martin Dam, the Trillium neighborhood, and Highway 63 to Ourtown.

Thompson said volunteers need to gather at Dirt Road Gourmet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

“We will give out assignments, tools and other details at that time,” Thompson said. “We will have a roll-off dumpster at Dirt Road Gourmet compliments of Kenny Richardson at Astrada Construction to make sure the collected trash is disposed of properly.”

Thompson said this cleanup, like others organized through the Clean Community Partnership, are starting to take off.

“It is what I envisioned growing from the partnership to start with,” Thompson said. “It keeps on growing.”

Thompson said anyone is welcome to take ownership in the partnership and it is showing through volunteer efforts to help keep roadsides clean.

“Good things are happening in others trying to put together cleanups,” Thompson said. “Anyone who want to adopt the Clean Community Partnership can go for it.”