Livable/Sustainable Creek cleanup1

Published on April 22nd, 2016 |

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Peachtree, Tanyard creeks ‘win’ in Sweep the Hooch trash yields

The results are in for the 6th Annual Sweep the Hooch, a one-day, multi-site cleanup event in the Chattahoochee River watershed, and two Buckhead creeks were among the “winners.” Of 40 cleanup sites, Tanyard and Peachtree creeks ranked among the top three trashiest, along with Proctor Creek in West Atlanta.

During the April 9th cleanup day, 60 volunteers at Peachtree Creek filled 185 trashbags and pulled out 40 tires and one large (thankfully empty) chemical drum. At Tanyard Creek, 45 volunteers filled 160 trashbags.

In total, a record 15+ tons of trash were removed by 532 volunteers who walked, waded, and paddled at 40 cleanup sites spread over 70 river miles. The amount of trash recovered in the 2016 Sweep the Hooch event far exceeded the amount ever collected before on any one day.

The Sweep the Hooch event was launched in 2011 by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.

“We are pleased that more volunteers and partner organizations have joined this annual cleanup event, but are concerned by the seemingly endless amount of trash that is collecting in our river, lakes, and creeks,” the organizers stated in the event report. “Tires, aluminum cans, plastic bags, flushable wipes and sports balls are the most common trash items recovered. CRK is calling on our local and state leaders and enforcement officers, public works departments and residents to do more litter education and increase waste reduction and recycling efforts.”

CRK’s mission is to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries for the people, fish and wildlife that depend upon it. For more information, visit www.chattahoochee.org.

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