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Kudos: The Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association recognized Athens-Clarke County’s Transportation and Public Works Department’s Ponderosa Drive Stormwater Improvement and Roundabout Project with the 2015 Project of the Year Award. The project is a fantastic example of green infrastructure, and it includes a series of rain gardens within the traffic island that treat stormwater quantity and quality. 

Stop Poo-llution: The Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program continued its clean water education campaign with a new PSA about pet waste. Over 80 miles of Athens-Clarke County streams are impaired, and many of those streams are impaired for fecal coliform, a type of bacteria that indicates the presence of animal waste. Check out the video, and, if you have a dog, help us stop poo-llution by picking up after your pet. 

Stormwater Events


Athens Farmers Market
September 12, 8 am – noon
Bishop Park

 
Are you interested in volunteer opportunities? Do you want to be outside helping keep Athens-Clarke County’s waterways clean? Have you ever wondered how hard it is to collect litter while in a kayak? Then come by the ACC Stormwater booth at the Athens Farmers Market. We will have information about Rivers Alive and other stream clean-up opportunities, as well as a trivia game and giveaways.
 
Athens Water Festival
September 12, 10 am – 2 pm
Sandy Creek Park

 
Enjoy a day of water fun at the 6th Athens Water Festival, and engage with this year’s theme, "Conserve: WATER U waiting 4?” The festival features hands-on, interactive activities and games, such as a scavenger hunt, light saber battle (bring a bathing suit), and magic show. Run, jump, and crawl through ACC Stormwater’s Stormwater Maze or tell us what clean water means to you in our photobooth.
 
The cost is $2 per person to enter the park, event activities are free. The event is brought to you by ACC Stormwater, ACC Leisure Services, and ACC Public Utilities Department.
 
Septic Smart Week
September 21 – September 25

 
The US Environmental Protection Agency is celebrating the third annual Septic Smart Week, and it is Time to Get Pumped. If you have a septic system, consider joining the celebration by visiting the ACC Septic System Education website, reading the ACC Septic System brochure, or scheduling a septic system inspection and pump. 

Fun at the Athens Water Festival
Athens Water Festival participants play games at Sandy Creek Park.
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