January 31, 2017

A Quarterly Publication of Rivers Alive

Thank you for making Rivers Alive 2016 a success! 
189 Cleanup Organizers and Group Leaders 
222 Events 
23,003 Volunteers 
632,252 Pounds of Trash
1,593 Miles of Georgia's Waterways Cleaned 
Rivers Alive had another great year thanks to hardworking volunteers and organizers! Although Hurricane Matthew cancelled a few of our coastal cleanups, the rest of the state made up for it with their hard work and dedication to protecting their local waterways. Your impressive successes are included in our year in review and annual report which are used for promoting the statewide program and for soliciting donations that cover costs of volunteer recognition and the popular Rivers Alive t-shirts. 
If you have any t-shirts left over from your fall cleanup, please return them to the state office so we can share them with organizers with spring and summer cleanup events! Our address is 2 MLK Jr. Dr. SE, Suite 1462 East, Atlanta, GA 30334.
If you have not done so, please submit your final tally for your completed cleanups! If you have any questions, please give us a call at 404-651-8517 or email us at

Save the date for the 2016 Awards Luncheon! 

We hope you will join us April 24th to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of Rivers Alive participants in 2016. The ceremony will begin with a brief introduction and review of the past year's successes and will recognize exceptional Rivers Alive volunteers and organizers. The luncheon will include delicious food and opportunities to network. 

This year's Award Ceremony and Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Georgia Power (241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). 


Remember, award winners are selected based on the final tally submitted at It's not too late to be considered for an award! Log on to your registration page today to update or edit your cleanup data, list any interesting or unusual items found at your cleanup and upload pictures of your cleanup. Contact our office if you have any questions.

Participate in our Anniversary Calendar and Photo Contest! 

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Rivers Alive, and to commemorate, we will be issuing a 12-month calendar, given out during that hallmark year, to Rivers Alive organizers and sponsors.  The calendar will feature Georgia's Favorite Watershed Moments, and we want you to be a part of it!
Now through July 14th, we invite you to submit photos of YOUR favorite Georgia waters memories as part of an upcoming photo contest, with the winning entries featured in the 2018 Rivers Alive calendar!  
Participants may submit up to four (4) photos into the contest.  These photos may be multi-seasonal, with a minimum size requirement of 3 MB. We also ask that each entry include a small caption/testimonial (up to 3 sentences) explaining your photo and what your chosen GA waterway(s) means to you!  
All entries must be submitted by Friday, July 14th, 2017 to  
Also, we invite you to tag any of your posted photos on social media of GA rivers and waterways with #loveyourgariver!


Third Annual No Water No Beer® Festival: April 29, 2017 


We all know that clean water is one of our planet’s most valuable resources.  It is critical to everything that we do.  The food we eat, the electricity that powers our homes, and the cities and towns in which we live are all highly dependent upon having reliable sources of clean water.   Even the beer that we drink is 90% water. Sadly, more than 780 million people in this world do not have access to clean water. To help show the importance of water and the fact that with No Water there would be No Beer, the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA) is hosting the third annual No Water, No Beer Festival®. This will be held at SweetWater Brewery on Saturday, April 29th 6:30 – 9:30 pm as a kick-off to Drinking Water Week. The event will include delicious food, great music, and some of the best beer in the Southeast. The proceeds from this event will help Water for People in their quest to provide clean water to people in developing countries as well as help Rivers Alive in efforts to keep our water supply clean right here in Georgia.
Please register at:

Sponsor Highlight: Brown and Caldwell 


Brown and Caldwell is a leading environmental engineering and construction firm with 45 offices and more than 1,400 engineers, scientists, and professionals nationwide. We embrace environmental stewardship and are recognized for our ability to solve engineering challenges, apply technology to emerging environmental issues, and serve the communities in which we work to help keep people healthy.
Brown and Caldwell’s tradition of forward thinking reflects a stewardship that not only impacts our community today, but also teaches and shows future generations how we can build a more environmentally responsible and sustainable society. Since 1977, Brown and Caldwell has served clients and communities throughout the Southeast from our Atlanta office, which is among the five largest offices in the company. We are a proud supporter of River’s Alive and are please to help support the preservation of Georgia’s Water resources.

A Big Thanks to All of our 2016 Sponsors for Your Support of our Waterway Cleanup Program!

The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. This would not be possible without the generous financial support of the corporate sponsors below. 

 Major Corporate Sponsors

Georgia Power |  Oglethorpe Power  

 Golder Associates | Brown and Caldwell | Southwire Company

Additional Support From:

Environmental Planning Specialists Enterprise Holdings Foundation | Jones Day | Storm Water Systems | Alston+Bird | Shaw Industries | Black & Veatch | Sutherland | GE Power Systems | 
Georgia Association of Water Professionals
Anheuser-Busch | Burns & McDonnell Foundation

If you would like to sponsor Rivers Alive in 2017, please find more information on our Sponsorship pageRivers Alive uses 100% of donations to support cleanup organizers and recognize volunteers for their hard work removing trash from miles of waterways across Georgia.

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.