October 27, 2020

River cleanup volunteers remove 1600 pounds of trash

Henry Jacobs, Lee Boone, Jake Krzysiak, Laura Breyfogle, Chris Kerr, Nick Mayfield, Coral Douglas, Hannah Bradford and Lindsey Courson.

Pictured above at Brush Creek last Saturday are Riverkeeper Outreach Manager Henry Jacobs, Heard County Commission Chairman Lee Boone, Jake Krzysiak, Riverkeeper Naturalist Laura Breyfogle, Chris Kerr, Nick Mayfield, Coral Douglas, Watershed Protection Specialist and Naturalist Hannah Bradford, Lindsey Courson, and an anonymous volunteer.

(Franklin, GA) — Despite heavy rains and flooding along with concerns about unsafe levels of E-coli contamination, the 7th annual ‘Sweep the Hooch’ campaign sponsored by the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization took place last Saturday with some modifications.

After deciding that water-based activities (paddlers and waders) would be limited to land-based volunteers in some areas, the cleanup went on as planned including a group that cleaned up right here in Heard County at Chattahoochee Old Town (a.k.a. Brush Creek Park).

The small group of volunteers worked for several hours and according to Middle Chattahoochee Outreach Manager Henry Jacobs, the group managed to move 80 bags of trash and four tires from the park adding up to a total of 1,600 pounds of refuse.

Established in 1994, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization with more than 7,000 members and dedicated solely to protecting and preserving the Chattahoochee River Basin.

Jacobs was pleased at the results of the annual cleanup and thankful for those who volunteered.

“We love doing work in this area. I think the Chattahoochee and West Point Lake are great natural resources that we have and to come out here and be able to help the river and the lake is crucial to keep this a great place,” said Jacobs Saturday afternoon.

Jacobs said his team of volunteers pulled all kinds of trash from the park including many water bottles and other household items. He believes keeping watch over all of our natural resources is very important for the future generations.

“People being out here and keeping watch over things is so very important so that families not only here in Heard County but others who come to visit will see a clean and healthy West Point lake,” Jacobs said.

“Water quality wise there has been a vast improvement over the last decade and it is getting better and better every day. Our organization is doing a lot of work upstream but the more people that are keeping a watch over things the better. Today’s cleanup brings a good message about being good neighbor to the river and lake.”

Heard County Commission Chairman Lee Boone was on hand Saturday, providing lunch to the volunteers in appreciation for their hard work.

To learn more about the Chatahoochee Riverkeeper organization, visit chattahoochee.org.

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