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Rivers Alive Volunteer Registration Underway

Site sign-ups are up and running for the 2019 Rivers Alive event THIS Saturday, October 5th. Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer river clean-up event that encourages civic involvement in the preservation of Georgia's precious water resources. Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, important wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities that serve as a respite from our busy day-to-day lives.

Last year, 276 volunteers came out to collect over 3.12 tons of trash, 71,800 pounds of metal recycling, and 164 tires during the event. This year, there are a variety of wet and dry clean-up options as well as several kid-friendly sites, so bring your friends and family out for a great morning of volunteer service in Athens.

Volunteer check-in starts at 8:00 am at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Breakfast and entertainment will be provided as we gather for the cleanup, and groups will disperse to their individual sites around 9:15 a.m. Volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle, wear long pants and close-toed shoes, and come prepared to get dirty. For more information and to register for a clean-up site, visit We hope to see you there!

Rivers Alive 2017 Derby and Branch site volunteers
Rivers Alive volunteers tying off trash bags
North Oconee Float site volunteer with trash in his canoe
Imagine A Day Without Water Postcards from 2018

Imagine a Day Without Water: October 23, 2019

Imagine waking up one day and having no water to drink or make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry with. Hospitals would have to close without water, firefighters couldn’t put out fires, and farmers couldn’t water their crops.

Many of us take water for granted every day. Imagine a Day Without Water is an annual day to raise awareness and educate our community about the value of water. To celebrate, ACC Stormwater and ACC Water Conservation are visiting several local middle schools to talk about this critically important resource and what we can do to protect it. Students will be designing educational postcards that will be mailed out to lucky Athens residents.
We encourage everyone to share why they love water on social media using the hashtag #ValueWater. Tag @accstormwater or @lilyannephibian on Instagram with a photo of you enjoying water in some way! For more information, visit or

2020 Stormwater Calendars Coming Soon

Our 2020 Stormwater Calendars are in the works and will soon be ready to hang in your home or office! Email if you would like to pre-order a copy or two. Special thanks to all who contributed photos this year.

Stormwater Utility Online Payments Temporarily Unavailable 10/4 to 10/7

Online payments for the Stormwater Utility Fee will be temporarily unavailable from Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. until Monday, October 7th at 8:00 a.m. due to maintenance of our Billing System. We apologize for the inconvenience. The due date for current bills will be extended from October 7th until Friday, October 11th. Late fees will not be assessed until October 12th. Please email if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Rivers Alive
Saturday, October 5th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kickoff at Sandy Creek Nature Center (205 Old Commerce Road)

Volunteer for a community-wide cleanup! The 2019 Rivers Alive event is on Saturday, October 5th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Volunteer check-in is at Sandy Creek Nature Center and starts at 8:00 AM, with free breakfast and live entertainment. Please arrive early to park, and carpooling is highly encouraged. Volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle and gloves, and wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Visit for more information.

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Contact Us

Stormwater Management Program
Department of Transportation and Public Works
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
120 W. Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601

Notice Dumping?

Call the Stormwater Hotline at 706-614-1282 if you see someone dumping into a storm drain or notice flooding due to clogged drains or pipes.

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