Rivers Alive

Rivers Alive 2013 Recycling Bags
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2017 Rivers Alive

September 30th, 8 AM to Noon
Check in at Sandy Creek Nature Center

Athens’ Annual Rivers Alive event is just around the bend! 

Our rivers and streams provide us with fresh drinking water, important wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Help preserve our precious rivers and streams at this year’s Rivers Alive volunteer cleanup event!
In 2016, 307 Rivers Alive volunteers came out to help collect 2.6 tons (5,150 lbs.) of trash, 0.5 tons (1,070 lbs.) of recycling, and 228 tires during the event!  This year our cleanup event in Athens will be on Saturday, September 30 from 8:00 to Noon. Volunteer check-in is at Sandy Creek Nature Center located at 205 Old Commerce Rd. Volunteer Check-in starts at 8:00 AM and there will be free breakfast and live entertainment as we gather for the cleanup!  
Volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle and gloves, and wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Please visit www.athensclarkecounty.com/riversalive to register.

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

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, Keep Oconee County Beautiful, ACC Solid Waste, ACC Transportation and Public Works/Stormwater Division, ACC Leisure Services, ACC Public Utilities/Water Conservation Office, Upper Oconee Watershed Network, Oconee River Land Trust, Big Dogs on the River, ACC Central Services, Watershed UGA, and UGA Office of Sustainability, UGA Office of Service Learning.  

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

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors and Partners:


Koons Environmental Design Inc.
Bulldog 93.3
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful
Keep Oconee County Beautiful
Big Dogs on the River
Golden Pantry 
ACC Solid Waste
ACC Public Utilities
ACC Water Conservation
ACC Stormwater
ACC Leisure Services/Natural Resources
Office of Sustainability
Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission
UGA Office of Service Learning
Upper Oconee Watershed Network
Oconee Rivers Land Trust
Half-Moon Outfitters
Watershed UGA
 ​​Jittery Joe's Coffee


To find out about sponsorship opportunities for 2015 contact Stacee Farrell at 706-613-3501 x312 or stacee.farrell@athensclarkecounty.com

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