November 17, 2015

A Quarterly Publication of Rivers Alive

Please Submit Your Final Cleanup Tally As Soon As Possible!

Rivers Alive is winding down for the year and we'd like to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to organizing successful and fun cleanups that engaged and educated citizens around the state! Now that your cleanup is over, don't forget our theme in 2015, focusing on the journey trash takes in Georgia. In order to do this, we need your help! Please submit your final tally describing what you and your volunteers found during the cleanup as soon as possible! Not only do we want to know the impressive totals of pounds of trash removed, river miles cleaned, and the numbers of hardworking participants; we also want to know variety of trash removed! By recording information on what types of trash were found at your cleanup, we can develop a better understanding of how trash moves and where it begins.

Using the completed data sheets from your cleanups and/or estimates, if necessary, please log into your account using the Rivers Alive Registration Page, to submit your final tallies! On the 'Before You Begin' tab, check any of the categories that describe your cleanup in order to be considered for a 2015 Rivers Alive award. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 404-651-8513.

Each year, we send the final cleanup tallies from September and October cleanups to our partners at Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. They use this information to produce a report on the trash collected around the world during these months. The 2015 Trash Free Seas Report showcases the data from cleanups in 2014. Last year, Georgia was the second highest US state in terms of volunteers and third highest in terms of pounds of trash collected. This year marks the 30th International Coastal Cleanup and we need to send in Georgia's contribution soon to be included in the next report! If your cleanup was in September or October, please submit your final tally by Tuesday, December 1st.

Do You Have T-shirts Left Over From Your Cleanup?

Please return extra shirts to the Rivers Alive state office so we can distribute them to other cleanup organizers who can use them for upcoming events! Our address is 2 MLK Jr. Dr. SE, Suite 1462 East, Atlanta, GA 30334. If you have any questions, you can always reach us at or 404-651-8513.

A Big Thanks to All of our 2015 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 |  The Coca-Cola Company  |  Oglethorpe Power  

Perdue Farms |  Golder Associates | Georgia Association of Water Professionals

Southwire CompanyEPS  |  Enterprise Holdings Foundation  |  Jones Day

 Storm Water Systems  | Alston+Bird  | NewFields | Dalton Utilities 

Black & Veatch | Sutherland | GE Power & Water | Shaw Industries

Additional Support From:

MEAG Power | Burns & McDonnell Foundation

Premier Industrial Services | Trinity Consultants

 If you would like to sponsor Rivers Alive in 2016, 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.