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    Chattahoochee River

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Sweep the Hooch Cleans the Park

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Date: May 18, 2011
Contact: David Thomas, 678-538-1244

They were all hauled out of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area this spring. 

On April 16, over 360 volunteers came to Chattahoochee River NRA to remove trash, pull non-native invasive plants, and fine-tune new trails for Sweep the Hooch, a volunteer event hosted by the National Park Service,  Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper,  and Trout Unlimited. Over three and a half tons of trash were removed, nearly a ton of which was able to be recycled, making this event the largest trash removal in the park's history.

Because of a thunder and hail storm the night before, the river was too high for the paddlers and waders who were to make up roughly half the trash removal army. Undeterred, many still showed up, enthusiastic to participate in the colossal affair, and picked up trash on land. With such a long linear park to care for, having so many volunteers for Sweep the Hooch helped kick off the summer season of volunteer events.

Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.