PaddChattahoochee Riverkeeper

4th Annual Sweep the Hooch

1 day, 27 sites, and TONS OF TRASH!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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We are gearing up for another BIG cleanup this year on April 12! 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.

And, we are growing! We are pleased to add Georgia State Park site (Sweetwater Creek, Chattahoochee Bend, and Don Carter), plus Gwinnett County (Jones Bridge) and Riverview Landing in Mableton.

Our 2013 cleanup resulted in 3.7 tons of river refuse with more than half ton of trash recycled – all with the support of over 550 volunteers! Check out some of the highlights here.

Learn more about the 2014 cleanup at the official site:


Volunteers are labeled Walkers, Waders, and Paddlers. Each site has a capacity and will close once we reach that capacity – so register early! All volunteers will receive a Sweep the Hooch water bottle!

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. Need to rent? Click here to view a list of local outfitters.


Most of the sites are within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. View a map of the entire CRNRA by clicking here

Walker Sites Wader Sites Paddler Sections
Bowman’s Island - east (Buford)) Bowman’s Island (Buford) Abbots Bridge to Medlock Bridge (Duluth)
Gold Branch (Marietta) Settles Bridge (Suwanee) Azalea Park -- in and out (Roswell)
Jones Bridge (Johns Creek) Jones Bridge (Johns Creek) Buford Dam (lower pool) to Settles Bridge (Buford)
Jones Bridge (Peachtree Corners) Island Ford (Sandy Springs) Chattahoochee Bend State Park -- in and out (Newnan)
McGinnis Ferry (Johns Creek) Whitewater Creek (Atlanta, Fulton County) Don Carter State Park (Gainesville)
Paces Mill (Atlanta/Cobb County) Garrard Landing to Island Ford (Roswell/Fulton County)
Powers Island (Sandy Springs) Johnson Ferry to Powers Island (Marietta)
Sope Creek (Marietta) Morgan Falls Park (above the dam) -- in and out (Sandy Springs)
Whitewater (Atlanta/ Fulton County) Powers Island to Paces Mill (Sandy Springs)
  Riverview Landing -- in and out (Mableton)
Settles Bridge to McGinnis Ferry (Suwanee)
Sweetwater Creek State Park -- in and out (Lithia Springs)

Additional information:

Teams: We welcome teams, but all volunteers must register individually. During the registration process, you can enter your Team Name.

Child/Youth Participation: We welcome children, but they must be supervised at all times by an adult. Although a cleanup is not normally dangerous, it can be to an unattended child. Walkers/Waders: Must be at least 9 years old. Paddlers: If paddling solo, paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.

Waiver: Each participant is required to sign the CRK Liability Waiver. Click here to read the CRK Liability Waiver. This form will be authorized as an electronic signature during the registration process.

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