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Stormwater in October

This Saturday, Rivers Alive volunteers braved the rain to spend their time and energy keeping our streams and rivers clean. Rivers Alive encourages engagement with our neighborhoods and natural areas, building community as it very literally removes tons of trash from our streets and streams. ACC Stormwater is dedicated to protecting our streams and rivers, and this big community event goes far in helping us meet our goals.

Here are the other activities ACC Stormwater has on the calendar for October:
Fall Rain Barrel Workshop
Thursday, October 22, 6–7 p.m.
Planning Department Auditorium

We are hosting a free rain barrel workshop. Learn about water pollution, what rain barrels do to reduce it, and how you can use rain barrels in your home. Anyone can attend; however, due to limited supplies, only registered participants will receive a barrel. Please email Anna Truszczynski at to reserve a spot.
Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day
Saturday, October 24, 4–7 p.m.
Sandy Creek Nature Center

ACC Stormwater will be one of the many presenters at the Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Come spend the evening at the nature center learning about the slippery, the slimy and the misunderstood. Wear your Halloween costume and participate in a variety of games, activities and crafts.  

There is a $3 fee for ACC residents and a $5 fee for non-ACC residents. Children under 3 years are free.
Athens Farmers Market
Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m.–noon
Bishop Park

Do you know about the pollutants that haunt Athens-Clarke County waterways? Do you want to help keep our waters clean? Have you ever wondered how hard it is to collect litter while in a kayak? Then come by the ACC Stormwater booth at the Athens Farmers Market. We will have information about water pollution in Athens and stream clean-up opportunities, as well as a trivia game and prizes.

Finally, here is a message from our friends at the Extension Office.
2016 Athens Area Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program now accepting applications
Do you have an interest in gardening and would like to enhance your skills? Apply to the Athens Area Master Gardener Program. Classes will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from January through March at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Participants will learn horticulture principles, practices and pest management from UGA faculty and other experts. The program also includes an annual volunteer component. Currently, over 200 Master Gardeners serve the Athens area. New and experienced gardeners are encouraged to apply and join this fantastic group of volunteers! For more information and to download an application, please visit or call the Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension office at 706-613-3640.

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