With summer coming to an end, there are fewer people exercising the use of the Chipola River with tubes, boats, kayaks and canoes. With the holiday, this past weekend, what the last of the tubers, and kayakers saw was trash, trash and more trash. Efforts have been stepped up with measures taken to help alleviate those leaving trash but it’s been far from 100% successful.
Jackson County officials have organized a cleanup event, to float down and pick up the garbage on the way for Saturday September 8. Volunteers will kickoff the event at 8 a.m.
Jackson County Parks and Recreation Director, Rett Daniels is asking volunteers to bring their own flotation device, canoes, or kayaks to help with the process. The county and volunteers will have larger boats to facilitate hauling the trash from there.
The cleanup will start at the Spring Creek dock on Highway 90 in Marianna and end at Magnolia Bridge.
Daniels said, “We have experienced some high water here in recent weeks so a lot of things from roadways and things like that have washed in and they get deposited up from high water and when the water recedes it gets left on the bank and all it takes is another flood to pick it up and carry it on down the stream.”
To sign up to volunteer, call the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department at (850)718-0437 or email .