Augusta planning massive city-wide clean up with hundreds of volunteers

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News 12 NBC 26 at 6' o Clock / Thursday, April 20, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta is often the city Photographer Matt Van Swol is peering at through the lens of his camera.

"We have all the waterways. We've got the Canal, the river, the Bartram trails for hiking," said Swol.

More recently Swol is finding trash everywhere.

He even snapped this picture of the F- word painted onto the Rae's Creek Aqueduct in Augusta, with cigarette butts and cans littering the park.

"Just to clean up the waterfall took about 2 to 3 hours," said Swol. "This just isn't a safe place for people to go," said Swol.

Augusta City Leaders want that to change. They are organizing a massive clean up at the end of April with hundreds of volunteers from Ft. Gordon to the Marshal's Office to the Savannah Riverkeeper.

No corner of the city is being left out.

"This is where we live and we need to take pride in it. We want people to come here and see how wonderful the city is, not see a bunch of , you know , McDonald's wrappers on the ground," said Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus.

Groups of volunteers will pick up trash in Downtown, Harrisburg, Oldetown, South Augusta, along the Riverwalk, Lock and Dam and in parks throughout Augusta.

Another group will pick litter up and help demolish blighted homes in the Laney Walker- Bethlehem area.

Other groups will landscape and help clean the outsides of Richmond County Schools.

"So you go out, you clean up trash, you bring it back, we will have lunch waiting on you, we will pile it all up to show how much we got and then you're about your Saturday," said Bonitatibus.

It's a well spent four hours for this photographer who's perfect picture is in the hands of the thousands who share Augusta with him.

The City Serve clean-up is Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can choose how you would like to help.

HINT: Not everything involves picking up trash.

Here's the link to the sign up page:

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