On Saturday, April 7, a team of Georgia Aquarium staff and volunteers had the opportunity to participate in the Chattahoochee River Keeper ‘Sweep the Hooch’ Clean Up. Georgia Aquarium played a small part in hundreds of volunteers picking up trash that covered over 100 miles of the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee River Keeper has put on the Sweep the Hooch clean-up for the last eight years. This annual event involves volunteers on foot, in waders and in kayak or canoes to remove trash from both the land and water. This program has helped to remove more than 57 tons of trash with the assistance of more than 3,500 volunteers.

This year, Georgia Aquarium is proud to have employee volunteers, Military Volunteer Program volunteers, as well as our Beginner Environmental Leadership Program representing at the Sweep the Hooch cleanup.

Last year, the cleanup removed more than 16.7 tons of waste from the river. This year, items like Styrofoam, plastic bottles, tires, shopping carts, photos, clothing, and takeout containers were removed.  

Remember, reduce, reuse, and recycle and you can help our environment and our waterways with the issue of marine debris. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can participate in a clean-up, please click here.

To learn how you can become a volunteer at Georgia Aquarium, please click here.