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:||45|
|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|
Weather Update as of Sat AM: Still looking great! Today's "spot forecast" for north GA's upper Etowah vicinity expects ideal fall weather, with partly cloudy skies and only about a 15% chance of an isolated shower or two. It's expected to be about 60 degrees at 8:45 AM and warm quickly into the 70s by midday. Water levels are low due to the scarcity of recent rainfall, but on the plus side plenty of debris will be exposed and easy to pick up along the rivers' channels, tributaries and banks. - Posted by Charlie, Oct 12 at 5:30 AM
Each fall for many years now dozens of AOC members have had a blast "giving back to nature" by pitching with Rivers Alive, a festive annual statewide cleanup of Georgia's streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. There are dozens of Rivers Alive focus projects (including this one) with thousands of volunteers of all ages and levels of experience participating.
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 if you have extra space in your boat for another volunteer (or perhaps bring an extra boat & gear for an experienced paddler).
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):
YOUTH VOLUNTEERS are welcomed by OUR RIVERS ALIVE HOSTS!
|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.