Rivers Alive

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

2017 Rivers Alive

Thank you for a great Rivers Alive!
We appreciate all of our volunteers.

Mark your Calendars for next year's
Rivers Alive -October 20, 2018.

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 2017, 405 Rivers Alive volunteers came out to help clean up 21 sites. They collected 3.1 tons of trash, 1 ton of recycling, 1,440 lbs of metal, and 150 tires during the event!  

Please be sure to add any photos you may have to the link below. Thank you to all the folks who took pictures!

See our event photos and share yours in the Rivers Alive Album! 

Congratulations Mr. Gary Crider! Winner of a Perception Rambler 9.5 sit-atop kayak donated by Half Moon Outfitters.
raffle winner Gary Crider 17

2017 Trash to Treasure Winners

1st Place: Ed Stowe, 1959 statue of Virgin Mary
2nd Place: Sara Kearns, rusty maple clock
3rd Place: Ruth Pannill, "You are what you eat: A Memoir"

Honorable Mention: the Ness family for their witty captions

treasure winners

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@accgov.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, 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.

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