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City of Tuscaloosa to Host Eighth Annual Waterfest and Lake Clean Up on April 8 and 9

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the eighth annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest and Lake Clean Up on April 8 and 9. The two-day event features an educational expo for local fourth-grade students and a lake cleanup event open to the public.

Residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas receive their drinking water from Lake Tuscaloosa, which is fed by the North River watershed. Waterfest provides an opportunity for local students and citizens to learn more about protecting and conserving the local water supply.

The educational expo, open only to area fourth graders, will feature local experts demonstrating how and why both Lake Tuscaloosa and the North River watershed are important to the community.

The lake cleanup event on Saturday, April 9 will be held at both Rock Quarry and Highway 43 Binion Creek boat landings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers can register on-site at the event.

In addition to these two manned locations, all public boat landings around Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Harris Lake will include unmanned drop-off points to encourage citizens to clean their favorite stretch of local waters.

At last year’s lake clean up event, 107 volunteers removed 7,177 pounds of trash from Lake Tuscaloosa. These numbers contribute to a grand total of over 105,000 pounds of trash removed by over 900 volunteers since the event’s beginning in 2009.

For more information on Waterfest, contact Dana Willingham at 205-349-0279 or dwillingham@tuscaloosa.com or Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311.