By Doug Alderson, Apalachicola Riverkeeper Outreach & Advocacy Director

A hardworking volunteer corps spent a recent Friday morning cleaning up Second Sandbar, across from Pine Log Landing (also known as Abercrombie Landing) near Apalachicola. It is a popular gathering spot for boaters. More than a dozen bags of trash and some discarded chairs and other items were hauled away.

Joey Alderson picks up trash on Second Sandbar

Much of this trash would have washed into the river and bay during flood stages and could have been harmful to marine animals such as sea turtles.

There is something special about working with others for a common good and the satisfaction of stepping back afterwards and scanning eyes over a trash-free waterfront view. As one clean-up participant observed, “Who knew garbage pickup could be so fun!”

Many thanks to volunteers Eli Mears, Rick Zelznak, Daniel Mears, Steve Alderson, Joey Alderson, Dodie Alber, David Morse and Cameron Baxley. Apalachicola Riverkeeper staff members Georgia Ackerman and Doug Alderson assisted the group and Rick Zelznak boated everyone to and from the cleanup site. Thank you team!

A larger cleanup event, the Franklin County Coastal Cleanup, will occur Saturday morning, September 12. Find out how you can help by clicking here.

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