Posted: Saturday, March 8th 2014 at 8:15am
Don Carter State Park included in this year's 'Sweep the Hooch'
ATLANTA – Slots are already filling up for Sweep the Hooch, the Chattahoochee River’s annual spring cleaning on April 12.
It will be Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s fourth year hosting the event with partners Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service. More than 550 volunteers hauled 3.7 tons of refuse from the river in 2013.
The multi-site cleanup will traverse some 60 miles and include 27 sites, many within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. There will be an array of walking, wading and paddling locations. New sites include: Georgia State Parks (Sweetwater Creek, Chattahoochee Bend and Don Carter), as well as Jones Bridge Park in Gwinnett County and Riverview Landing in Mableton.
Don Carter is on Lake Lanier, the first state park on the lake, and opened last summer. It will be used as a staging area for paddlers who will use kayaks, canoes and other craft and travel between 3-5 miles per segment. These vessels are used in collecting debris from portions of the river that cannot be accessed from shore. Volunteers must provide their own craft.
Registration opened Feb. 14, and will close at noon on April 9. Once capacity is reached for a site, however, registration will close for that particular location. Family, friends and coworkers may register as a team, but individual registration is still required.
This year's sponsors are: American Rivers, Cox Media Group, Hewlett-Packard Company, KEEN, PTS Screen Printing and Embroidery, Republic Services, River Network, The Home Depot Foundation and WEG Electric Corporation.
Find additional information, including how to register, at www.chattahoochee.org or www.sweepthehooch.org.
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