Masked volunteers working during this year's Sweep the Hooching

Masked volunteers working during this year’s Sweep the Hooch. Photo by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

1,000 volunteers from across the river’s watershed in late August and netted almost as much trash and debris as in 2019.

“Our volunteers worked extremely hard and did a fabulous job of cleaning up the parts of Chattahoochee’s watershed,” said Mallory Pendleton, headwaters outreach manager. “It was an extremely hot day, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to help.”

The day included work at 43 trails, parks, and creeks, collecting nearly 40 tons of trash, debris, and items such as tires. Nearly 10 tons were able to be recycled.

Next year’s Sweep the Hooch event is set for Saturday, March 27.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is an environmental advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin. The river flows 430 miles from its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains to its confluence with the Flint River at Lake Seminole and the Florida border.

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