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Published on March 22nd, 2015 |

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3 organizations seek volunteers for Peachtree Creek cleanup

By Laura Hobbs

What better way to celebrate the warm weather and blue skies of spring than to gather outdoors with friends and acquaintances and help beautify the south Buckhead community by

During last year's Peachtree Creek cleanup in South Buckhead, a volunteer brings a shopping cart full of junk from the creek.

During last year’s Peachtree Creek cleanup in South Buckhead, a volunteer brings a shopping cart full of junk from the creek.

hauling a couple of tons of tires, discarded home goods and other items from Peachtree Creek.

The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, along with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, are partnering with the E. Rivers Girl Scout Troop 13536 for the Second Annual Peachtree Creek Cleanup Day on Saturday, March 28th between 10 am and 1 pm.

And they are still looking for volunteers. Last year, volunteers pulled 2.3 tons of debris from Peachtree Creek in the area around Bobby Jones Golf Club, including a car bumper, tires, water bottles, a shopping cart and general trash, AMPC Executive Director Catherine Spillman said.

This year, cleanup will take place on the area of the creek between Peachtree Battle and Peachtree Road NW, which runs behind the E. Rivers Elementary School.

“One of our missions is to improve the overall water quality and bring an awareness to and involve the community in helping preserve our local creek and water resources,” said Spillman.

Spillman explained that many people don’t know Peachtree Creek funnels more than 55,000 acres of rainwater ranging from areas between Decatur to Dunwoody.

One of the unusual finds in the creek last year was a car bumper.

One of the unusual finds in the creek last year was a car bumper.

“Those areas contaminate the lower creeks that funnel all the debris down stream so we all need to be doing our part,” said Spillman. “We’re trying to do our part to make Peachtree Creek cleaner.”

Volunteers this year shouldn’t rule out a variety of underwater surprises and should arrive dressed for the day. Spillman recommends long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes for everyone, but for those adventurous types, water boots are advised.

Volunteers opposed to getting waist-deep in water shouldn’t despair because the creek banks are also in need of a little TLC. “We always want to respect what people are comfortable doing,” Spillman said.

The event is also a good way to get the whole family involved. Children 8 years old and above are welcome to participate with a parent.

Anyone interested in helping with the cleanup should sign up directly at https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?OID=130&EID=ATLA161E.

For Spillman, the creek clean up doesn’t just provide a way to give back, but is also a chance to unite a community.

“What I really enjoyed about last years event was how it brought a variety of people together… they might not have known one another, but they were all coming together for a common cause,” she said. “The sense of immediate friendship that was generated is something that I’m sure will happen with this event and future events.”

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