TROY students clean up Conecuh River

Posted: Wednesday, 27 April 2011

TROY—For about 15 Troy University students, Friday afternoon was spent down by the river side.

The students, members of the Troy University Environmental Club, their advisors and a handful of other volunteers conducted one of their clean-up work session in the area of the Conecuh River bridge on Highway 29 just west of Troy, where new Adopt-A-Stream signs have been placed by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“The main trash was in the areas utilized by the public, so we placed a permanent garbage can there in hopes that users of the area will use it instead of throwing on the ground,” said Jamie Burchill, a lecturer of biology and the group’s faculty advisor.

Burchill said the group picked up about 12 garbage bags of trash during the two-hour long service project, and utilized two small boats to reach trash not accessible by land.

Among that trash, the students found an old television, a computer circuit board and several articles of clothing, although Burchill said the bulk of the litter consisted of bottles, cans, various items of plastic or cardboard.

While the Environmental Club will clean the section of river several times each semester, Friday’s expedition wrapped up the group’s Earth Week activities that included two days of booths on the Troy Campus’ Quad and other awareness activities.

Dr. Earl Ingram

Troy University Environmental Club members Brad Tindol, Audra Goss and Lauren Haynes employed a boat to reach trash in the Conecuh River at Highway 29 Friday, April 22 during the club’s Adopt-A-Stream cleanup project. The club also placed a permanent trash can in hopes that it will curb litter at the site. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)

Dr. Earl Ingram

Bailee Dykes, a member of the Troy University Environmental Club and an environmental science major, picks up litter on the banks of the Conecuh River near its crossing with Highway 29 near Troy. The club picks up litter at the site several times each semester as part of its Adopt-A-Stream commitment. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)