June 6, 2017

A Quarterly Publication of Rivers Alive

 Registration is open for Rivers Alive 2017!

Planning a fall cleanup? Register your event online now through the Rivers Alive Website! After signing in and registering your cleanup, you will be able to enter a request for free t-shirts, educational materials, and trash bags by clicking "Edit" at the top of your account page. Cleanups between August 1st and December 31st are eligible for free shirts, but you must register your event and request shirts by July 31st.

During registration, remember to select the award categories that best apply to your cleanup so we can consider your efforts for a 2017 Rivers Alive award! While you are on the website, check out the Organizer's page for resources that will help you plan a safe, successful cleanup.

If you have t-shirts left over from your 2016 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) 463-1529.

Congratulations 2016 Rivers Alive Award Winners!

On April 24th, Rivers Alive held its annual awards ceremony and luncheon at the Georgia Power Company, Atlanta Office to recognize volunteers and sponsors who made outstanding contributions to the health of Georgia’s waterways in 2016. The Rivers Alive Advisory Board chooses award winners every year based on cleanup data submitted at RiversAlive.Georgia.Gov
Please join us in congratulating our 2016 award winners!
Adopt-A-Stream Award
Blue Ridge Trout Unlimited 

Blue Ridge, GA

97 Volunteers
2.500 Pounds of Debris
291 Volunteer hours

Most Unusual Item: Microwave

4-H Award
Gordon County 4-H

Calhoun, GA

103 Volunteers
412 Volunteer Hours
4 Miles Cleaned

Most Common Items: Cigarette Butts 

“Students were surprised at the amount of trash that was found and were touched by a turtle that swallowed a hook and some [fishing] line.”

Georgia Club Award
Georgia Southwestern Geology

Americus, GA

23 Volunteers
52 Volunteer Hours

Most Common Items: Bottles and Cans
Most Unusual Item: Truck Liner
“The event not only helped clean up a local watershed area, but it also introduced several of the students to the green space that is located adjacent to [Georgia Southwestern State] University.”

Government Partner Award
Lee County Code Enforcement
Leesburg, GA

200 Volunteers 
1,600 Volunteer Hours
2040 Pounds of Debris

Most Common Item: Chairs
Most Unusual Item: Clay Human Head

Georgia School Award
Ford Elementary
Acworth, GA

35 Volunteers
105 Volunteer Hours
89 Pounds of Debris

Most Common Items: Food Wrappers

“The students were very focused on the cleanup and determined to collect every single piece of trash...It also jump started many good conversations about being environmental stewards and how even a 4th grader can help our environment. They wanted to know when we would do it again.”
Scout Award
Girl Scout Troop 19270

Stockbridge, GA

68 Volunteers
204 Volunteer Hours
200 Pounds of Debris

Most Common Item: Aluminum Cans
Most Unusual Item: Headless Baby Doll

“We started out with about 26 volunteers, but as we cleaned...the sign-in table had people ask about what we were doing and decided they wanted to join in and help make the world a better place.”


Spark of Energy Award
Georgia Power Company Middle Georgia

Lake Oconee Cleanup                             Lake Sinclair Cleanup
                          Eatonton, GA                                           Milledgeville, GA
                        180 Volunteers                                            30 Volunteers
                    828 Volunteer Hours                                  120 Volunteer Hours
                  3,000 Pounds of Debris                               500 Pounds of Debris

Keep Georgia Beautiful Award
Keep Covington/Newtown Beautiful
Covington, GA

452 Volunteers
1,808 Volunteer Hours
12,000 Pound of Debris

Most Unusual Item: Chair Recliner

“Everyone who registered came. In addition, several groups that did not register also attended. Several individuals stopped by to see what we were doing and joined in.”

Nonprofit Organization Award
Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful 

Conyers, GA

252 Volunteers
1,008 Volunteer Hours
5 Dumpsters

“It was a wonderful day and we had 115 youth under age 18 participate, which is nearly half the 252 participants. This has been a continued, positive trend over the past few years for our event.”


Coastal Cleanup Award
Camden County Extension

Woodbine Cleanup
Woodbine, GA
228 Volunteers
27 Volunteer Hours 
574 Pounds of Debris


Crooked River Cleanup
St. Marys, GA
40 Volunteers 
80 Volunteer hours
978 Pounds of Debris

“Overall we had a pretty good turnout and an enthusiastic group. Any time you get kids outside and dirty is a success!”

Confluence Award
Lumpkin Coalition
Dahlonega, GA
88 Volunteers
679 Volunteer Hours
1,800 Pounds of Debris
Most Unusual Item: Wooden Dock

Cleanup Partners:
 Georgia Canoeing Association, Atlanta Outdoor Club, Lumpkin/Dawson County 4-H, Trout Unlimited, Yahoola Outdoors (Trails Conservancy), University of North Georgia (UNG) Environmental Classes, Atlanta Paddlers, Revival Gardens, Appalachian Outfitters, UNG fraternity community service groups, and more!

“Increased involvement of University of North Georgia student groups was encouraging. A great day of enjoyment for all!”

Organizer of the Year
Little St. Simons Island
Little St. Simons Island, G

17 Cleanups
2,125 Volunteer Hours
2,812 Pounds of Debris



Participate in our Anniversary Calendar and Photo Contest!

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Rivers Alive. To commemorate the occasion, we are issuing a 12-month calendar, given out during that hallmark year, to Rivers Alive organizers and sponsors. The calendar will feature photos submitted by Rivers Alive volunteers, and we want you to be a part of it!

Now through July 14th, we invite you to  send photos of YOUR favorite Georgia waters memories as part of our photo contest. The winning entries will be 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!
The No Water No Beer™ Festival was held on Saturday, April 29th at the SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta in recognition of Water Appreciation Day. More than 300 attendees came out to enjoy the various beers supplied by SweetWater, great food from Jim 'N Nick's, and excellent music by Nick and The Grooves. All proceeds from the event supported both Rivers Alive and Water for People, an organization working to supply clean safe water and sanitation to the millions of people who don’t currently have access to those services. In three years, the Festival has raised over $4,000 for Rivers Alive, with $1,700 coming from this year’s event alone. During a music break, Jonathon Wells, Chair of the Rivers Alive Advisory Board, got to speak for a few minutes about Rivers Alive, our history, our successes, and our plans for the future. Large posters highlighting the accomplishments of Rivers Alive award winners were also featured at the event.  It was a fun evening and supported two very good causes. Planning is already underway for next year’s event and  we hope to have you join us in 2018! 

We Have A New Website!

If you have already registered a cleanup for 2017, you may have noticed that we launched a new website in March. Please bookmark our new address RiversAlive.Georgia.Gov. We are still in the process of making improvements, and we want to hear your feedback!

If you have any problems or suggestions, please email us at or call (404) 463-1529.


Sponsor Highlight: Premier Industrial Services Group, LLC

Premier Industrial Services Group is a leading provider of environmental services to a large and diverse cross-section of southeastern industries.  The company has been built upon steadfast principles such as environmental stewardship, continuous quality improvement, customer commitment and unwavering integrity.  Their services range from the Recycling and Disposal of all waste streams, to a wide range of Field Services, Environmental Training, Emergency Response, and Business Consulting.  Many of Premier Industrial Services Groups current Clients/Organizations have chosen Premier as the Single Source Provider for all of their Environmental needs.

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


Additional Support From:

Anheuser-Busch,  Jones Day,  Enterprise Holdings Foundation,  Shaw Industries,  Burns & McDonnell,  Environmental Planning Specialists, Storm Water Systems,  
GE Power Systems,  Black & Veatch,  Georgia Association of Water Professionals,  Alston & Bird LLP,  Premier Industrial Services Group, LLC,  MEAG Power,
Sutherland,  Trinity Consultants

If you would like to sponsor Rivers Alive in 2017,
please find more information on our
Sponsorship page.

Rivers Alive is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program.

RiversAlive.Georgia.Gov        (404) 463-1529

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.