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City of Tuscaloosa to Host 2013 Lake Tuscaloosa North River Watershed Festival

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The City of Tuscaloosa has joined with the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History and the Black Warrior River Clean Water Partnership to host the fifth annual Lake Tuscaloosa North River Watershed Festival April 4-6.The fest will include a public information fair Thursday night, an educational expo for area students Friday morning and the lake cleanup event on Saturday.Interested participants are invited to attend the public information session on Thursday, April 4 6-7:30 p.m. at the Phelps Activity Center. This information session will feature local experts and city officials to discuss environmental impacts to the North River Watershed and the water quality of Lake Tuscaloosa.Mayor Walter Maddox will kick off the educational expo Friday, April 5 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Phelps Activity Center with a brief presentation on the importance of keeping local water ways clean. Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, contact Mary Wallace Pitts or Dana Willingham at 205-349-0279 or fifth annual Lake Tuscaloosa cleanup will be Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Binion Creek boat landing. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their boats to help remove debris from the lake and surrounding shoreline.For more information, contact Pitts or Willingham, or call Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311.