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Etowah & Chestatee River Volunteer Project: Hiking or Paddling Option + T-Shirt & Riverfront Campfire!
|Event Location:||GA mountains near Dahlonega, about 1 hour north of Atlanta|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Oct 12 2019 8:45 am >> Sat, Oct 12 2019 4:45 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Jul 18 2019 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Oct 11 2019 9:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||8 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||30|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||28 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Calling AOC volunteers! Please support our annual participation in this very worthwhile - and fun! - cleanup & beautification project along the riverbanks and channels of North GA's lovely Etowah and Chestatee Rivers. Our gracious "Rivers Alive" hosts, the Hilyers, will treat us to a delicious kickoff breakfast and post-cleanup riverfront cookout & campfire at their lovely mountain home beside the rapids and waterfalls of Chuck Shoals, on the Etowah near Dahlonega - see Directions & more event details below. Each volunteer will be awarded a nice "Rivers Alive 2019" T-shirt. Youth Volunteers are welcome to participate if accompanied by their parent or guardian, but youth do not register directly through the AOC - see more below.
For the past ten years dozens of AOC members have had a blast "giving back to nature" by pitching with this festive annual statewide volunteer cleanup of Georgia's streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. Each fall there are dozens of Rivers Alive focus groups such as this one, with thousands of participants of all ages and levels of experience.
TWO WAYS to HELP: BY WATER or BY LAND!
Option 1: By Water in our own boats: Those of us who can bring our own kayak or canoe (+ paddle & PFD) and have previous river paddling experience will focus on cleaning up an assigned section of river channel and riverbank while paddling together down the river. Each of us will be assigned to a paddling subgroup and river section that is appropriate for our own individual experience level - novice thru expert.
Please let us know in the "Notes" section of your registration whether you prefer volunteering by water or by land. If "by water" please indicate the type of kayak or canoe and other gear you expect to bring - also a brief summary of your past river paddling experience and whether you have extra space in your boat for another volunteer.
TWO DRIVING OPTIONS and MEETUP TIMES: Each of us who registers for this AOC event/cleanup may choose either of the following two driving options:
AOC members Elvin and Nancy Hilyer and their son Forest are long-time organizers and sponsors of this Rivers Alive project and host the event each fall at their gorgeous home. In the morning prior to the cleanup they and their friends will provide a delicious Breakfast. Then after our teams return, they'll treat us to a big riverfront Cookout & Campfire with hot-off-the grill burgers and brats, plus an assortment of delicious side dishes & refreshing "liquid libations"! Each volunteer or group of carpoolers is welcome to "split" at any time, but hopefully we all can take the time to relax a bit and enjoy the cookout, camaraderie and amazing riverfront scenery - feel free to stay until dusk if you like.
At our initial morning gathering we'll each be asked to sign the Rivers Alive liability waiver. The event organizers will then assign us to appropriate cleanup teams and distribute trash bags, loaner work gloves, etc. - also discuss team directions & logistics before sending us off.
This award-winning annual Rivers Alive event is sponsored and hosted by the following fine "sister organizations" of the AOC: Rivers Alive and the Lumpkin Coalition: (Click these two websites for more details):
OUR RIVERS ALIVE HOSTS welcome YOUTH VOLUNTEERS.
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS to ELVIN & NANCY HILYER'S RIVERFRONT HOME by the ETOWAH RIVER near DAHLONEGA, GA (This is where we Rivers Alive volunteers will gather both before and after our assigned cleanup excursions and avoids the more distant parking plan that was used in 2017 & 2018. ) GPS Users can enter the following concise "Lat/ Lon" as your destination driving address in conjunction with the detailed Directions below. (Be sure to include the comma & minus sign.) 34.5119, -84.0630
From the GA-400/ I-285 Interchange in north Atlanta:
For a zoomable map or satellite view (of the Hilyers' driveway vicinity along Hwy 9) click on the square blue & green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article.
p.s. Several of our AOC paddling volunteers traditionally clean up the beautiful 6-mile "Jay Bridge" section of the Etowah just upstream of the Hilyers' home, taking out on river-right just upstream of the Class II "Chuck Shoals" rapid beside their home. The GPS "Put-In" address for that driving excursion (if your cleanup group is assigned to it) is 34.5594, -84.074
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||90Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:30 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $36.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.|
This event normally always proceeds rain or shine and will be affected only if unusually hazardous weather is expected. Regarding our "By Water" cleanup teams, consideration will be given to water levels that may be judged to be unsuitable for safe paddling. If adverse conditions are known in advance, boaters will be notified. Participation in one of the "By Land" teams will remain an option for all.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.