Johnson Ferry Intermittent Trail Closures
Representatives of Colonial Pipeline Company will be working on the gas pipeline in the Johnson Ferry North unit. The work will require intermittent trail closures. For your safety please stay on designated trails and obey all trail closures.
Interstate 285 Log Jam Cleanup
Contact: David Thomas, 678-538-1244
Over the last couple years, an enormous pond of trash has been accumulating beneath Interstate 285 at the Powers Island unit of the park. This sitting pond of scum was made possible by the flood in 2009 which created a dam of tree branches and sticks blocking the narrow channel between the supporting columns of the bridge and shore - the dam has been acting as a filter ever since. Until April 21st, the floating trash behind the dam extended for several hundred feet.
On that day, volunteers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper joined volunteers from the Park Service in cleaning out a lot of the mess. Over several hours, 650 pounds of trash was removed and 57 pounds of plastic, 5 pounds of metal, and 9 pounds of glass was recycled. All taken out of the river by canoe.
Did You Know?
Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.