Rivers Alive

Rivers Alive 2013 Recycling Bags
Rivers Alive 2013 Toilet Relocation
Big Dogs Canoe full of Tires 2013

2016 Rivers Alive 

September 24th, 2016 8:00 AM to Noon
Dudley Park

This State-wide Annual Community Waterway C​lean-up Event will be held on September 24th starting at 9 AM at Dudley Park.  Join in with hundreds of volunteers to pick-up litter and debris from the Oconee River and its tributaries in Athens-Clarke County. There is a kick-off with breakfast at Dudley Park and then volunteers spread out to various sites around the community. 

2015 Tallies

Thank you, Athens, for another successful Rivers Alive!  

128 volunteers worked at 9 sites to collect: 
6.19 tons (12,380 lbs.) of garbage,
1.1 tons (2,200 lbs.) of recycling, 
1 ton (2,000 lbs.) of metal,
And 117 tires!  

See last year's event photos and share yours in the Rivers Alive Album
RA poster

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:

 CH2M logo
Koons Environmental Design Inc.
ACC Public Utilities
Go Mini
Big Dogs on the River 
Glenn Company
ACC Solid Waste
ACC Water Conservation
ACC Stormwater
ACC Leisure Services/Natural Resources
United Way
Upper Oconee Watershed Network
Oconee Rivers Land Trust
Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission
Watershed UGA
​Waterman Water
​Jittery Joe's Coffee

To find out about sponsorship opportunities for 2017 contact Stacee Farrell at 706-613-3501 x312 or stacee.farrell@athensclarkecounty.com

About Rivers Alive

Athens area residents wade into local rivers, lakes and streams as part of the continuing statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams. The effort is part of Rivers Alive, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Division Outreach Education Programs and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. 
The annual Georgia Waterway Cleanup is the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources.  Volunteers in Athens stage their cleanup in October at Dudley Park.  Theyjoin an estimated 25,000 other volunteers statewide participating in the annual river cleanup.  This fall over 200 cleanups will collect trash and similar debris in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and the ocean from Tallulah Gorge in North Georgia to the Satilla River in the South.  

Rivers Alive in Athens is organized by Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, ACC Solid Waste, ACC Transportation and Public Works/Stormwater Division, ACC Leisure Services, Hands On Northeast Georgia, ACC Public Utilities/Water Conservation Office, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Big Dogs on the River, ACC Central Services, Watershed UGA, and UGA Student Services.  

Visit the Rivers Alive State Website for more information about this statewide project.