June 18, 2015

A Quarterly Publication of Rivers Alive

Register Your Cleanup by July 31st to be Eligible for Free Tshirts!

Registration is open to enter your 2015 cleanup date and details! Cleanups between August 1st and December 31st are eligible for free t-shirts. After signing in from the Rivers Alive Registration Page and registering your cleanup, the top of your account page will show Free T-shirt Requests. By clicking Edit, you will be able enter a request for the amount of t-shirts you would like for your cleanup.

After July 31st, we will email the organizers who requested t-shirts and ask you to sign into your account again to view how many t-shirts Rivers Alive can provide for your cleanup and to request the specific sizes you would like. You will also be able to purchase more t-shirts if needed.

When registering your event, remember to choose the categories that best fit your cleanup. This information is used along with the final tally submitted after your event to determine the 2015 Rivers Alive award winners!

If you have t-shirts left over from your 2014 event, please return them to the Rivers Alive state office so we can distribute them to other organizers who can use them for their summer events! Our address is 2 MLK Jr. Dr. SW, Suite 1462 East, Atlanta, GA 30334. If you have any questions, you can always reach us at or 404-651-8513.

Congratulations 2014 Rivers Alive Award Winners

This year's Annual Award Ceremony and Luncheon was held on April 30th at Park Tavern celebrating the accomplishments of our Rivers Alive organizers in 2014! The Rivers Alive Advisory Board chooses yearly award winners based on cleanup data submitted at Please join us in congratulating our 2014 award winners!

Adopt-A-Stream Award
Robert Phillips

Upper Ocmulgee River Watershed
- 425 Volunteers
- 22,000 Pounds of Debris
- 45 Miles Cleaned
Most Common Item: Bottles

4-H Award
Paulding County Extension

Etowah River Watershed

- 27 Volunteers
- 90 Pounds of Debris

Cleanup Partners
- Keep Paulding County Beautiful
- Paulding County 4-H
- City of Dallas
- Paulding County Board of Commissioners
- New Hope Cemetery Board

Scout Award
Boy Scout Troop 103

Upper Ocmulgee River Watershed

- 163 Volunteers
- 510 Volunteer Hours
- 620 Pounds of Debris

“Having over 100 volunteers attend can really have a huge impact on clean-up and green space.”

Georgia Club Award
Lumpkin Coalition

Etowah River Watershed

- 50 Volunteers
- 200 Volunteer Hours
- 1,650 Pounds of Debris
- 20 Miles Cleaned

Most Unusual Item: A Raft

Government Partner Award
Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful
Upper Ocmulgee Watershed

- 204 Volunteers (122 youth!)
- 816 Volunteer Hours
- 1500 Pounds of Debris
- 10 Miles Cleaned 

Cleanup Partners
- City of Conyers
- Rockdale County Government
- Rockdale Water Authority
- ESG, Inc.
- Rockdale County Stormwater Division

Spark of Energy Award
Georgia Power Company Plant Branch

Upper Oconee River Watershed100 Volunteers

- 500 Volunteer Hours
- 3,000 Pounds of Debris
- 1.5 Miles Cleaned

Keep Georgia Beautiful Award
Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful

Tugaloo River Watershed

- 101 Volunteers
- 505 Volunteer Hours
- 1,000 Pound of Debris
- 3 Miles Cleaned

Most Unusual Item: Pear Preserves

Nonprofit Organization Award
Lake Allatoona Association

Etowah River Watershed

- 3,571 Volunteers
- 10,713 Volunteer Hours
- 11,240 Pounds of Debris
- 272 Miles Cleaned

Cleanup Partners
- US Army Corp of Engineers
- Georgia Power
- Yamaha
- Wellstar
- Keep Bartow Beautiful
- Wildlife Action of GA

Coastal Cleanup Award
Camden County Extension

Satilla River Watershed

- 2 Cleanup Events
- 76 Volunteers
- 1,258 Pounds of Debris

Most Unusual Items: metal box marked ‘explosive’ and a sewer tank

“Parents encouraged their children to give back to the community, and likewise, some children persuaded their parents to be a part of the environmental project.”

Confluence Award
St. Marys River Management Committee

St. Marys River Watershed

- 656 Volunteers
- 3,480 Volunteer Hours
- 48,300 Pounds of Debris
- 103 Miles Cleaned

“At this cleanup we did a demonstration of groundwater movement and how septic and underground storage tanks can affect both surface and well water."

Cleanup Partners
CAMDEN COUNTY: Tony Sheppard, County Commissioner Karen Chisholm, John Myers, Jim Wildes, Rick Frey
CHARLTON COUNTY: John Meyer, County Commissioner Russell Barber, Chip Campbell, Merrill Varn, Ray Edwards
NASSAU COUNTY: Walter J. Boatright, County Commissioner Cory Black, Earl K. Tindall, Gene Higginbotham, Dean Woehrle
BAKER COUNTY: James Croft, County Commissioner Chris Gazes, Mike Griffis, Kevin Shell, Greg Sheppard
NON-VOTING MEMBERS: Alice Vick, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Geoff Sample, St. Johns River Water Management District 

Organizer of the Year
Bonny Putney

Chattahoochee River Watershed

- 1,200 Volunteers
- 6,000 Volunteer Hours
- 100,000 Pounds of Debris
- 600 Miles Cleaned

Cleanup Partners
- Keep Forsyth Co. Beautiful
- Keep Hall Beautiful
- Keep Dawson Co. beautiful
- Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
- Hall Co. Green Alliance
- US Army Corp of Engineers
- Dawson County
- Many Lake Marinas

A Successful First Annual Water Appreciation Day!

On May 2nd,  Rivers Alive partnered with the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) in celebrating the first annual Water Appreciation Day. Rivers Alive organizers held 19 cleanups around the state for Water Appreciation Day!

The No Water No Beer Festival at Sweetwater Brewery recognized Water for People in their quest to provide clean water to people in developing countries as well as Rivers Alive in our effort to keep the water supply clean right here in Georgia. The festival was attended by over 200 people and included delicious food, great music, and a chance to promote Rivers Alive's good work! A big thanks to the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for donating a portion of the proceeds from this event to Rivers Alive! 
Save the Date for next year's Water Appreciation Day:
April 30th, 2016


A Big Thanks to All of our 2014 Sponsors for Your Support of our Waterway Cleanup Program!

2014 Major Corporate Sponsors

Georgia Natural Resources Foundation  |
  Georgia Power 

 Coca-Cola Company  |  Oglethorpe Power  

NewFields |  Golder Associates | Jacobs Engineering Group

 Sutherland  | Alston+Bird  | McKenna Long & Aldridge 

EPS  |  Enterprise Holdings Foundation  |  Jones Day

If you would like to sponsor Rivers Alive in 2015,
please find more information on our Sponsorship page.

Rivers Alive is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program.        404-463-1511

The preparation of this newsletter was financed in part through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under provisions of Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act of 1987, as amended.