Volunteers won't be paddling the river in this year's ~Rivers Alive TM cleanup event.
Organizers had to change the format because of high water levels.
Instead of being in the water, volunteers will clean underneath area bridges, picking up trash dumped in the area. This is in order to prevent debris from flowing into the river.
Officials postponed the event until water levels normalized but they say the water still isn't low enough.
We were hoping they would be down but we continued to get rain after our July 20th scheduled event, said Ben Roberts, with the Lee County Code Enforcement. We kept getting rain, so the water levels they're not up as bad as they were but they are still not where we want them to be for the cleanup event.
Roberts says because of the change in the ~Rivers Alive TM format there aren't nearly as many participants as there were in the past.