One World Adventure Company has teamed up with Fort Payne Water Works, TVA and local sponsors for the its first Youth Kayak “Fish for Trash” Tournament.

On April 6, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., the outdoor educational organization will hold its new clean-up event at the Fort Payne City Reservoir on 67th Street.

“Litter in our waterways is a serious problem in DeKalb County,” Angie Shugart, co-founder of OWA Company, said. “It has significant impacts on water quality, plants and wildlife and public health and safety.

The issue also has a significant economic impact, as cleanup measures are extremely costly and poor water quality and unsafe water conditions threaten the areas tourism driven revenues.”

The event is a continued effort to help “erase the waste” in local communities, Shugart said.

Youth will set out in kayaks on the Fort Payne City Reservoir, but instead of nets and fishing rods, they will be provided with trash bags and litter grabbers. There are three age divisions including a Parent/Child division for children under 10, and there will be cash and prizes for the most litter collected. The entry fee is only $10 per person. Fort Payne Water Works will provide free pizza and drinks for all participants at the John Rains Treatment Plant.

This community event for the entire family and will help remove a lot of litter from our drinking water, she said.

Participants can launch their own craft or call One World Adventure to reserve a kayak or canoe for no extra fee. Volunteers are also needed to cleanup up litter along 67th street as part of our annual cleanup campaign.

“We hope you will help us spread the word and join us on April 6,” Shugart said. “Thank you to our sponsors that have donated money and prizes: Builder’s Supply- Fort Payne, First Southern State Bank, Skelton Orthodontics, Chateau de la Famille, Randy Posey & Allstate, Southern Properties, GH Metal Solutions, Rusted Arrow, TVA and Fort Payne Water Works.

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