Annual Sweep the Hooch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweep the Hooch is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, or paddlers to remove trash at sites throughout the watershed. Sweep the Hooch brings people together to give back to the mighty river that gives us so much.  This is your chance!

Beginning in 2011, Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited worked with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to host the inaugural Sweep the Hooch cleanup. Since then, the event has grown to include numerous local partners, hundreds of volunteers and cleanup sites along more than 70 miles of the river. 

Through Sweep the Hooch since 2011, we have removed 52 TONS of trash with the assistance of almost 3700 volunteers from the Chattahoochee and its tributaries.

Cleanup locations will take place over 70 river and tributary miles – from Don Carter State Park through the Chattahoochee Recreation Area, and all the way down to Chattahoochee Bend State Park.  Cleanup sites in between include Peachtree Creek, Tanyard Creek, Proctor Creek and more being added each day.

Our inaugural cleanup resulted in 2.76 tons of trash with 1,500 pounds of material we later recycled – all with the support of over 360 volunteers.  The 2017 cleanup resulted in 16.7 tons of trash being collected by 733 volunteers at 43 sites

 

The Impact of Our Cleanup Through the Years:

 

 

Year

# Volunteers

Lbs of Trash

Tons

2017

733

33,400

16.7

2016

530

25975

12.9

2015

498

14230

7.1

2014

580

14100

7.1

2013

553

6136

3.1

2012

445

5220

2.6

2011

360

5520

2.7

Total

3699

104671

52.2

 

 

 

Sweep the Hooch 2014 from One Entertainment Productions on Vimeo.

3rd Annual Sweep the Hooch from CRK-TV on Vimeo.

 

 

We remove everything - even the kitchen sink!

 

 

To see 2016 Sweep the Hooch photos check out our 2016 Sweep the Hooch photo album.