Sweep the Hooch 2016

Filed in Events by on March 19, 2016

Sweep the Hooch 2016


Sweep the Hooch 2016 is 1 day, Hundreds of Volunteers and TONS OF TRASH covering over 70 miles of the Chattahoochee River. In 2015, 500 walkers, waders, and paddlers removed 14,320 lbs., or 7.16 TONS of trash out of a 60-mile stretch of river. This number beats out 2014 total of 14,100 lbs of trash. The Sixth Annual Sweep the Hooch cleanup day will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9am to 2pm.

Trout Unlimited, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and National Park Service have joined together to organize this multi-site cleanup within the 44 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and several Georgia State Parks. They will be tackling 27 sites with 18 trail clean-ups, 6 wading sites and paddling 13 river segments. Each site has a capacity and will close once they reach that capacity – so register early!

Sweep the Hooch 2016 is gearing up for another BIG cleanup this year, on April 9th! Although it’s obvious to most that river cleanups improve the quality of our water, we’ve discovered that they do much more than that. Cleanups are also a great way to develop a sense of “river community.” This is your chance to volunteer and be part of this community.

Cleanup locations will take place over 70 river and tributary miles – from Don Carter State Park through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and all the way down to Chattahoochee Bend State Park.  Cleanup sites in between include Big Creek, Jones Bridge Park, Peachtree Creek, Tanyard Creek, Proctor Creek, McIntosh Reserve Park, and Sweetwater Creek State Park. You will find metro Atlanta cleanup locations in Cumming, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Duluth, Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sandy Springs, Wildwood, Vinings, Mableton and Lithia Springs.

Volunteers are labeled Walkers, Waders, and Paddlers. Each site has a capacity and will close once we reach that capacity – so register early!

  • WALKERS are land-based volunteers who will pick up trash and perform trail maintenance. At some sites, walkers will specifically target invasive non-native vegetation (such as privet).
  • WADERS are volunteers equipped with waders or wading boots and are needed at select sites. These volunteers will collect trash from the shallow water areas, and from areas on the river bank that are accessed most easily from the river and streamside trails. Volunteers must provide their own waders.
  • PADDLERS will utilize kayaks/canoes/SUPs and travel between 3-5 miles per segment. These crafts are useful in collecting debris from portions of the river that cannot be accessed from the land side. Volunteers must provide their own kayaks and/or canoes. Boats are not available on-site.

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Aaron Hofmann is the founder of AllAboutAtlantaHomes.com and also a Realtor with Atlanta Communities focused on the Atlanta real estate market. Aaron is a transplant from the Midwest (amazingly not a native Atlantan) and has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years and has developed a love for this city and desire to share with current and new Atlanta residents.

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