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Plans under way for river cleanup

Sweep the Hooch deadline Tuesday

POSTED: April 4, 2013 12:25 a.m.

Registration closes Tuesday for the third annual Sweep the Hooch and volunteer spots are filling up quickly.

More than 600 volunteers are expected to pull out tons of trash along the Chattahoochee River during the multi-site cleanup April 13.

The cleanup, in partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service, will lead volunteers at 22 sites along the 48-mile stretch of the river through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

The cleanup, which netted nearly 4 tons of trash last year, is an opportunity to celebrate both the upcoming Earth Day on April 22 and also National Volunteer Month.

“This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean,” said Sally Bethea, Riverkeeper’s executive director.

“We’ll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash.”

Individual and group volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the cleanup, with sites starting at the Buford Dam lower overlook in Forsyth County and heading downstream to Atlanta.

Register or learn more about Sweep the Hooch at


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