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Volunteers sought to clean river
Event is April 14
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Forsyth County News

If you go

• What: Sweep the Hooch

• When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Where: Buford Dam, Bowman's Island, Settles Bridge and other sites

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More than 300 volunteers have already signed up to “Sweep the Hooch.”

The second annual Chattahoochee River cleanup, held by Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, is expected to fill up once again, said spokesman David Lee Simmons.

On April 14, volunteers at 18 sites or segments will walk, wade or paddle a 48-mile stretch of the river starting at the Buford Dam lower overlook in Forsyth and heading downstream to Atlanta.

“Cleanups are such a tangible way to support the environment,” Simmons said, “to walk the walk … or paddle the walk.”

Last year’s event netted more than 3.3 tons of trash, with about 1,500 pounds headed for recycling.

Due to a storm the night before last year’s event, the water level was too high to paddle or wade, so everyone picked up waste on the banks, Simmons said.

He hopes for a larger collection this year, as well as a chance for the paddling community to kick off spring.

“Keeping it clean, right as we’re getting into the season with this great weather, it really is a heck of a way to reconnect after the cold months and clear the way for a cleaner river,” Simmons said.

Trash can pile up and become embedded in the winter, a time when volunteers typically don’t clean, he said.

Cans, water bottles and tires are the typical litter culprits along the river, Simmons said, but the range of trash “boggles the mind.”

“Last year,” he said, “we literally found a kitchen sink.”