Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

4th Annual Sweep the Hooch Clears Record-Breaking 7.3 Tons of Trash

Volunteers pulled a record-breaking 7.3 tons of trash and debris from in and around the Chattahoochee River during the 4th Annual Sweep the Hooch.

This is up from 3.6 tons in 2013, and more than any year in the past. A total of 580 -- more than last year -- dedicated half a day to the effort.

"Four years ago we set out to clean the entire Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, from Buford Dam to Paces Mill, 44 river miles, in one day, said Kevin McGrath, of Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

"This year we did that plus two state parks. Over the years, we have removed what you would expect - drink bottles, plastic bags and tennis balls, as well as some unusual items - a car frame, bicycles and even a kitchen sink! Congratulations to all the volunteers."

Special thanks to event partners Trout Unlimited (Upper Chattahoochee Chapter) and the National Park Service for helping organize the cleanup.

To read the complete press release, click here.

To view photos, visit our Facebook page.


Terminal West Presents: CRK's 20th Anniversary River Revival

On May 8, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) will host the 20th Anniversary River Revival concert, presented by Terminal West.

Last year, River Revival went on hiatus. This year, CRK is relaunching the event, and raising the bar. We've changed the location; we've changed the theme; we've secured great entertainment.

And, the best part is that everyone is invited!

Not only will CRK be celebrating the Chattahoochee River, but we’re also celebrating 20 years as the only environmental nonprofit dedicated solely to the cause.

Musical guests include: The New Mastersounds, a jazz fusion band out of Leeds, England; Jeff Austin and the Here & Now (pictured); and Turkuaz.

So, be sure to mark off May 8 on your calendar. Doors open at 7 p.m., and music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $25, and can be purchased via Terminal West.

CRK is ready for the reboot of River Revival. Are you?

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Visit Our Booth at the SweetWater 420 Fest April 18-20

CRK will be out at Centennial Olympic Park this coming weekend for the 10th annual SweetWater 420 Fest, April 18-20.

We will be located at Planet 420, a social and environmental nonprofit experience, along Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Click here for a map.

Our staff will be available to answer questions about the Chattahoochee River, as well as our programs to protect and restore this valuable resource.

Be sure to come by, and say hi!

(To see what other events we have planned, or are participating in, check our calendar.)


Amended SB 213 Passes Georgia Senate, Heads to Governor for Signature

Thanks to your many phone calls and emails, an amended SB 213 has passed both the state House and Senate. It now awaits Gov. Nathan Deal's signature.

Although SB 213 is not a necessary piece of legislation, the amended version, which the Georgia Water Coalition supports, is a vast improvement from the initial bill. This compromise follows more than a year of vigorous debate.

SB 213 still allows the director of the Environmental Protection Division to prohibit certain permitees from withdrawing water downstream of an augmentation project, however we now have a definition of augmentation project.

Those projects are limited to a specific area in the lower Flint River basin for the sole purpose of maintaining minimum stream flows sufficient to protect habitat critical for vulnerable aquatic life.

Thank you for your time and efforts during this legislative session to protect Georgia’s precious water resources. Please be sure to thank your state representatives and senators for working together and voting on an improved SB 213.

Find out whom your legislators are by clicking here.

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