Back for the tenth year, Sweep the Hooch is your chance to walk, wade, or paddle as we come together to clean up the river we all depend on.
THE HOOCH NEEDS YOUR HELP
In the past nine years of Sweep the Hooch history, we have removed more than 113 TONS of trash with the help of more than 5,600 volunteers.
This year on Saturday, April 4, 2020, we will organize and supply more than 40 cleanup locations throughout 100 miles of river and tributary – from the headwaters above Lake Lanier, through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Atlanta, and below, in West Point Lake.
Registration opens February 14, 2020. Know of a site that might need cleaning up, or want to host a site of your own? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers can chose to be Walkers, Waders, and Paddlers. Note that each site has a limited amount of volunteer openings. Once a site reaches its capacity, registration for that site will close – so we encourage you register early!
Types of Volunteers:
- WALKERS are land-based volunteers who will pick up trash in and around the river or tributaries. Most often, volunteers are actually in the water that is shallow. At some sites, walkers will specifically target invasive, non-native vegetation (such as privet).
- WADERS are volunteers equipped with waders or wading boots and are needed at select sites. These volunteers will 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 will use kayaks/canoes/Stand-up paddleboards 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, canoes, and/or SUPs. Boats are not available on-site. Click here for a list of outfitters that may be able to provide gear.
Questions about volunteering? Contact email@example.com.
We welcome teams, but all volunteers must register individually. During the registration process, you can enter your Team Name.
Child/Youth Participation: We welcome children, but they must be supervised at all times by an adult. Although a cleanup is not usually dangerous, it can be to an unattended child. Walkers/Waders: Must be at least 10 years old. Paddlers: If paddling solo, paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.
Each participant is required to sign the CRK Liability Waiver, which can be found here. This form will be authorized as an electronic signature during the registration process.
Please note that while we welcome children, they must be supervised at all times by an adult. Although a cleanup is not usually dangerous, it can be to an unattended child. Walkers/Waders must be at least 10 years old. If paddling solo, paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.
Registration for Sweep the Hooch 2020 will open on February 14.
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HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT SWEEP THE HOOCH
Hang our poster at school, in your neighborhood, favorite park, anywhere! Your support will help get more volunteers to come out on April 6 and help us remove trash from in and around the river.
2020 Sweep the Hooch Sponsors
Smyrna’s Car Wash
Thank you to all the parks, associations and advocacy groups for hosting cleanup sites in 2019!
Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy
Blue Heron Adventures
Chattahoochee Hills Parks
Collier Hills Civic Association
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Department of Natural Resources
Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Gwinnett Division of Wildlife Resources
Hardman Farm State Historic Site
High Country Outfitters
Keep North Fulton Beautiful
Murphey Candler Park Conservancy
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Newnan Paddlers Meetup
North Briarcliff Civic Association and Peachtree Creek Greenway
Northcrest Civic Association & Peachtree Creek Greenway
Proctor Creek Stewardship Council/West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)
Shoot the Hooch Outfitters
South Fork Conservancy
Sweetwater Creek State Park