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Spots filling up for river cleanup
Effort on April 16 Chattahoochee
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Forsyth County News

If you go
What: Sweep the Hooch
Where: Along the Chattahoochee River
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16
Online: www.chattahoochee.org/sweep-the-hooch.php

More than 500 volunteers are expected to attend a one-day cleanup of a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River on April 16.

The inaugural Sweep the Hooch, organized by Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service, will begin at 18 different sites along the river, from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek in Atlanta.

Volunteers can either walk, wade or paddle to gather trash and perform general maintenance.

All walking sites have reached capacity for volunteers, but waders are still needed.

Two wading sites that border Forsyth County are available, including Bowman's Island and Settles Bridge.

The paddling stretch along the county has filled up, but more southern segments are still open to volunteers with kayaks or canoes.

Organizers expect all volunteers spots to soon be full, said David Lee Simmons, communications director for the riverkeeper group.

The event is timed with Earth Month and National Park Week, during which all national parks, including the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, will have free admission.