ALPHARETTA, Ga. – It was a soggy morning Sept. 26 as dozens of young people and other volunteers donned bright vests and gloves to clean up local waterways.
The effort in Alpharetta – centered around Rock Mill Park – was part of Rivers Alive, the annual cleanup of local waterways and roadsides.
The Greenway was cleaned of litter, volunteers put down pine straw around trees and landscaping around Rock Mill Park, some built birdhouses and others placed clean water markers at storm drains, said Terry Porter, environmental programs coordinator with Alpharetta.
“These are positive reminders and education of how to prevent water pollution,” Porter said.
The water markers in particular were organized in local neighborhoods, Porter said. Volunteers placed round plastic stickers on storm drains alerting residents that the runoff goes into local streams. Porter said many residents are not aware that such drains do not go into a sewer system.
“Little Indian and Foe Killer creeks both have bacteria problems that are caused by runoff,” Porter said. “We can do something about it.”
About 120 volunteers gave their time Saturday morning in Alpharetta. A large contingent came from C5 Youth Foundation, a youth leadership nonprofit.
Rivers Alive is an annual program of the Environmental Protection Division’s Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Program. The annual Georgia Waterway Cleanup is one of the largest volunteer efforts to beautify Georgia’s water resources. Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams that need help to stay clean. Individuals, neighborhoods, Scout troops, schools, churches, clubs and service organizations are asked each year to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries.
For more on Rivers Alive and its cleanup efforts throughout the year, visit riversalive.org.