Our volunteer cleanups make a tangible difference in the health of our watershed.

In 2020, we removed 32 tons of trash and a record-setting 9 tons of recycleables, which comprised mostly of over 750 tires. In 2019, we set a record of 50.16 TONS of trash removed from our watershed. Help protect one of our most precious resources by volunteering on one or more of these cleanups.


Below are the scheduled cleanups for this year. This list will continue to grow, so check back frequently for new dates!

January 2 (Atlanta area)

January 18 (Atlanta area)

January 23 (Atlanta area)

Feb 6 Land cleanup (Atlanta Area)

Feb 6 Land Cleanup (LaGrange Area)

Feb 13 Land Cleanup (Columbus area)

February 20 (Atlanta area)

February 27 (Gainesville area)

March 13 (Atlanta area paddle cleanup)

March 27 (Sweep the Hooch cleanups all around the watershed)

April 17 (Atlanta Area)

Earth Day | April 22 (Atlanta area)

May 8 (Atlanta area)

May 8 (Gainesville area paddle cleanup)

May 22 (Atlanta area paddle cleanup)

June 12 Land Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

June 19 (Gainesville area)

June 26 Paddle Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

July 10 Land Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

July 24 Paddle Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

July 31 Land Cleanup (Columbus Area)

August 14 Paddle Trip (Atlanta Area)

September 4 Paddle Cleanup (Gainesville Area)

September 11 Paddle with CRK Staff (Atlanta Area)

September 18 Land Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

October 2 Land Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

October 16 (Gainesville Area)

November 13 Land Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

November 26 OptOutside Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

December 4 Land Cleanup (Gainesville Area)

December 11 Land Cleanup (Atlanta Area)

Registration for each cleanup opens about two weeks before the cleanup date, at which point the date will turn blue with a link to sign up. Additional information and specific trip details will be provided one week prior to the trip date.


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There is no charge to participate in a cleanup. Registration is required, and we encourage you to register early to ensure participation, as each trip has a limited capacity. Optional donations are appreciated to help us continue our efforts to host cleanups. All participants receive an honorary one-year membership to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper!

Why don’t we post the location? Based on the amount of rainfall throughout the year, trash is constantly on the move. To ensure each event will be an effective cleanup, we do not decide project locations until two weeks prior, at which point we distribute the location to registered volunteers. Most cleanups are within a 20-mile radius of metro Atlanta and are generally between the hours of 9 am to 12 pm (land) and 9 am to 3 pm (paddle).

Each participant is required to sign a CRK Liability Waiver. This is authorized as an electronic signature during the registration process. Click here to preview the CRK Liability Waiver.

For safety reasons, volunteers must be at least 10 years of age. All volunteers under age 18 must have parent/guardian supervision onsite at cleanup events.

Questions about our cleanups should be directed to tbates@chattahoochee.org.

  • Boating equipment is not provided unless prior arrangements have been made with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to borrow a boat. Participants must bring their own equipment. These trips are intended for kayaks and canoes only – inflatable boats are not permitted.
  • Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are required and must be securely worn on all paddle trips. No exceptions. In some instances, helmets are required.
  • Shuttling is a group effort and typically we will meet around 9 am at the put-in to unload all boats and shuttle to the take-out before we get on the river.
  • All paddle trips have a maximum capacity – we encourage you to register early to ensure participation.
  • Youth Age Requirements: If paddling solo, paddler must be at least 15 years old and accompanied by a parent/guardian. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years.

Paddle Cleanup Physical Requirements

  • All participants must be able to swim competently.
  • All participants must be able to get in and out of a kayak/canoe unassisted (i.e., those with knee or back injuries may have difficulty).
  • Padding uses your core muscles, arms and shoulders. Anyone with injuries in these areas may have difficulty.
  • If you have open wounds, you are encouraged to wear a waterproof bandage and antibiotic ointment.
  • Please consult your physician if you are concerned about your ability to participate.
  • If you have open wounds, you are encouraged to wear a waterproof bandage and antibiotic ointment.
  • Please consult your physician if you are concerned about your ability to participate.

One of the most popular ways to volunteer is during a company-sponsored cleanup! Your staff will spend a day in the great outdoors, participating in either a river-based or land-based cleanup. For a $1,500 donation, we will organize a service project for your team. For more information on how to register your group, please contact Tammy Bates, our Outings Manager.

Our events educate and entertain. From film festivals and cocktail parties to river races and family-friendly festivals, there’s an ideal happening for your company. For more information, please contact Becca Powell, our Development Director.