Saturday, March 27, 2021

Show your love for the Chattahoochee! Registration opens Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021.


Sweep the Hooch is an annual watershed-wide trash cleanup that brings together hundreds of volunteers each year at dozens of parks, tributaries, and access points along the Chattahoochee River. This year, the event celebrated its tenth anniversary as volunteers gathered a record-setting amount of trash removed from the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries, despite the cleanup being rescheduled from its original spring date.

On Saturday, August 29, more than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the Chattahoochee watershed gathered at 43 parks, trails, and creeks to fight litter pollution. As a result, approximately 73,646 pounds (36.8 tons) of garbage were removed from the waterways we all share. Of that 73,646 pounds, more than 19,288 pounds (9.6 tons) were able to be recycled.

Read more in this press release. See pictures from Sweep the Hooch 2020.


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


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.

We recommend that all volunteers learn more about their site of choice before registering. Details about each site can be found here.

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 and waders must be at least ten years old. If paddling solo, the paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, youth must be at least ten years old and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.

Questions about volunteering? Email


Each year, hundreds of volunteers remove tons of trash from the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries as part of Sweep the Hooch.

In honor of this watershed-wide trash cleanup turning ten years old, we’re asking for everyone’s help to make the biggest impact on our river yet! Whether you’re a volunteer or just want to give back to the river that gives us so much, your support can make a difference.

For every $10 donated, CRK is able to remove one pound of trash from our waterways. In 26 years of keeping watch over our waters, CRK has removed more than two million pounds of trash and tires. That’s equal to 25 full 18-wheeler tractor trailers of trash. CRK and loyal volunteers removed 50 tons of trash and tires in just 2019 alone.

So many of us depend on this crucial resource for clean drinking water, beautiful recreational activities, and more. Please consider becoming a fundraiser or donating to support a trash-free Chattahoochee River. 


2020 Sweep the Hooch Sponsors

River Champion

River Benefactor

River Defender

River Advocate

Collective Insights
Weed Man Lawn Care
WEG Electric

River Conservator

American Rivers
Archer Western Contruction, LLC
Bridgestone Tires4ward
Brown Bag Marketing
Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy
The Coca-Cola Company
Georgia Nature Photographers Association
Gwinnett Department of Water Resources
Kinstone River Apartment Homes
Osprey Initiative, LLC.
Peachtree Waste
REI Co-op
Republic Services
Smyrna’s Finest Hand Car Wash

Media Sponsors


With continued threats to our river, CRK needs your support more than ever.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Becca Powell at (404) 352-9828, ext. 19 or View or download our event sponsor packet here.

Thank you to all the parks, associations and advocacy groups for hosting cleanup sites in 2020!

Host groups

Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy
Chattahoochee Hills Parks
Cohutta Trout Unlimited
Collier Hills Civic Association
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Don Carter State Park
Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Hardman Farm State Historic Site
Keep Hall Beautiful
Keep North Fulton Beautiful
Kinstone River Apartments
Left Nut Brewing
McIntosh Reserve Volunteers
Murphey Candler Park Conservancy
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Newnan Paddlers Meetup
Oconee River Chapter Trout Unlimited
Proctor Creek Stewardship Council
Roswell Rotary
Soque Watershed Association
South Fork Conservancy
Tailwater Trout Unlimited
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Unicoi Outfitters

Counties represented