Perdue partners with Rivers Alive in annual Georgia waterway beautification effort
Salisbury, Md. (October 1, 2012) — Building upon its commitment to environmental stewardship and improving life in the community, Perdue, through a $5,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping Rivers Alive of Georgia fund its annual volunteer effort to beautify the state’s waterways.
“The Perdue grant is very important to the Rivers Alive initiative,” said Harold Harbert, outreach manager of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch. “Thanks to the generous support of partners such as Perdue and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, we are able for the first time in many years to fully support our local clean-up organizers.”
As Harbert explains, volunteers throughout Georgia are preparing to spend their fall weekends cleaning up the state’s many rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The cleanup is expected to once again be the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources.
“At Perdue Farms, we’re committed to coming together with various stakeholders, including our local communities, environmental groups and regulatory agencies, to communicate, educate and collaborate on environmental sustainability efforts,” said Steve Schwalb, Perdue’s vice president of environmental sustainability. “Partnerships with local, grass-roots environmental groups and programs, such as Rivers Alive, enable us to provide support to worthwhile projects while also giving our associates volunteer opportunities.”
Melissa Molaison, environmental services manager at Perdue’s operations in Perry and a Rivers Alive board member, said, “For years, Rivers Alive has led the way in engaging communities and individuals in Georgia to help protect and preserve the beauty of the state’s waterways, and we are proud that Perdue is able to lend its support both through this grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and through the volunteer efforts of our associates here in Perry.”
About Rivers Alive
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. There are more than 70,150 miles of streams and rivers in Georgia that provide for drinking water and recreational activities.
Volunteers and sponsors removed 350 tons of trash from rivers and streams last year alone. More than 240 groups composed of 29,000 volunteers devoted about 100,000 hours of their time.
Over the past 10 years, Rivers Alive has also worked to educate people on the importance of protecting local water resources. The focus this year is to bring awareness of Georgia’s water quality conditions, while celebrating our tradition of volunteering to clean our watersheds. Materials and activities for volunteers, organizers, community leaders and schoolteachers can be found on the Rivers Alive website at www.RiversAlive.com.
Rivers Alive was created in 1999 to organize the numerous cleanup events held throughout the state as a joint program of Environmental Protection Division’s Outreach Program and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to today’s third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.
About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation