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Scouts seek partners to help clean Flint Creek

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2395

Cub Scout Pack 30 of Hartselle will lead the annual Flint Creek Watershed cleanup day March 31.

The pack invites anyone from the community to help it and hundreds of other Scouts from the Arrowhead District as they remove trash along Red Bank Road, Alabama 67, Hickory Hills Road Southeast, Mussel Camp, Dry Branch and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge before it flows into the Tennessee River.

Pack 30 Cubmaster Mike Ponder said the volunteers probably canít get all the trash littering the shoreline, but a big community effort can make dramatic improvement to the public use areas.

Helping water quality

This will be the sixth Flint Creek cleanup involving the Scouts. They have removed more than 5 tons of trash, including more than 1,000 pounds last year, helping alleviate some of the causes that made Flint one of the poorest water-quality streams in Alabama.

Participants will meet at the Alabama 67 boat launch near Upper River Road. The event will occur between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. In case of severe weather, the scouts will reschedule it to April 7.

The cleanup begins with a group photo at the boat launch where participants will receive trash bags and rubber gloves.

Anyone helping can chose an area to clean.

If anyone does not have a location in mind, the Scouts will have maps and suggested locations.

For more information, contact Ponder at Scout leader30@yahoo.com or 773-7853.

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