10th Annual Sweep the Hooch CleanUp - Walkers, Waders & Paddlers - Sat, Apr 4 2020

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

10th Annual Sweep the Hooch CleanUp - Walkers, Waders & Paddlers

The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Volunteer
Event Location: Chattahoochee River Site & Assignment of your choice
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 4 2020  9:00 am >> Sat, Apr 4 2020 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Feb 14 2020 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Mar 29 2020 9:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Gayle M.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:100
Minimum Group Size:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


1 day, Hundreds of Volunteers and TONS OF TRASH PICKED UP covering over 100 miles of the Chattahoochee River

Let's show some love for the river we so love!!!

      1. 1st REGISTER with the Chattahoochee RiverKeeper at https://chattahoochee.wufoo.com/forms/zc7q5pa0knh9uq/ picking your volunteer assignment & choose from 40 site locations. You MUST register with the CRK to participate in this event.

Each site has a limited amount of volunteer openings and will close once the site capacity is reached – so register early!

All the sites are trash cleanup EXCEPT Cochran Shoals/Columns Drive which is basic trail maintenance.

Fill out the form and under "Team Name" put AOC.

Each participant is required to read the CRK Liability Waiver, which can be found here. This form will be authorized as an electronic signature during the registration process by clicking YES after "Have you read the CRK Liability and Photo Release Waiver and agree to the terms?" * .

     2. Then REGISTER here with the AOC noting which site & task you signed up for with CRK in your AOC registration NOTES. (i.e. Cochran Shoals - Walker)

      3. FORWARD me the registration confirmation email you receive from Chattahooche River Keeper so we know where everyone is volunteering.



Volunteers can choose to be Walkers, Waders, or Paddlers.

  • WALKERS are land-based volunteers who will pick up trash and perform trail maintenance. At some sites, walkers will specifically target invasive non-native vegetation (such as privet).
  • WADERS are volunteers equipped with waders or wading boots. Waders collect trash from the shallow water areas, and from areas on the river bank that are accessed most easily from the river and streamside trails. Volunteers must provide their own waders.
  • PADDLERS utilize kayaks/canoes/SUPs and travel between 3-5 miles per segment. These crafts are useful in collecting debris from portions of the river that cannot be accessed from the land side. Volunteers must provide their own kayaks and/or canoes. Boats are not available on-site. Need to rent? Click here for a list of outfitters that may be able to provide gear.


CRK provides gloves, trash bags, trash removal and recycling (where available), restroom facilities (where available), and team lead support. Be sure to wear long pants, long sleeve shirt & closed-toed shoes.


Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, or paddlers to remove trash at sites throughout the watershed. Sweep the Hooch brings people together to give back to the mighty river that gives us so much.

 A decade ago, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, National Park Service and Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited joined forces to pull trash and debris out of the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. To date, 113 tons of trash have been removed with the help of more than 5,600 volunteers and dozens of new partners and sponsors.

This year, we will organize and supply more than 40 cleanup locations throughout 100 river and tributary miles – from the headwaters above Lake Lanier, through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Atlanta, and down to West Point Lake.

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