Thank You, Rivers Alive Volunteers!
On Saturday, September 30, 405 volunteers gathered at Sandy Creek Nature Center for a kick-off celebration before spreading out to 21 different cleanup sites around Athens. These volunteers managed to remove 3.1 tons (6,200 pounds) of trash, 1 ton (2,000 pounds) of recycling, 150 tires, and 1,440 pounds of metal from our waterways, including the Middle Oconee River, the North Oconee River, Pulaski Creek, Brooklyn Creek, McNutt Creek, and Carr Creek.
These Athens volunteers join an estimated 25,000 others statewide participating in the annual Rivers Alive cleanup. This fall, over 200 cleanups will collect trash and similar debris in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and the ocean, from Tallulah Gorge in North Georgia to the Satilla River in the South.
Locally, Rivers Alive is organized by ACC Leisure Services, ACC Public Utilities/Water Conservation Office, ACC Solid Waste, ACC Stormwater Management, Big Dogs on the River, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Keep Oconee Clean and Beautiful Commission, Oconee River Land Trust, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, UGA Office of Service Learning, and Watershed UGA.
View an entire album of photos from the event here.