Events will run from March through November in both the Augusta and Savannah areas. The series consists of a few large community-based cleanup events focused on public spaces and parks, along with several smaller, “on-the-water” outings for those with canoes, kayaks, other boats and even divers who want to get involved. We encourage anyone to join.
“Litter is a big and often overlooked problem for our neighborhoods and waterways. Trash, debris, contaminants and other refuse that doesn’t get disposed of properly becomes a nuisance and worse, it ends up in the river through the storm drains,” said Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus. ”The cleanup program is an opportunity for citizens to make a direct impact where they live.”
SRK performs regular cleanups both on the water and in areas throughout the watershed, and helps facilitate when individuals, schools, clubs, or other groups wish to organize a cleanup project, providing trash bags, gloves, lunches and methods for proper disposal of sometimes troublesome items like tires and electronics. “Last year, we hosted 44 cleanups in the Augusta area with 427 participants and more than 7 tons of trash picked up and properly recycled or disposed of,” said Mary Jacobson, Volunteer Coordinator for Savannah Riverkeeper. “In the Savannah area, we hosted 5 cleanups with 162 participants and more than 900 lbs. of trash. We have goals to exceed that for 2018 and are looking forward to many successful cleanup events.”
To learn more, visit Savannah Riverkeeper events on Facebook for details, or go to www.savannahriverkeeper.org/volunteer-opportunities to sign up, and stay tuned for more dates which may be added.
Savannah Riverkeeper’s 2018 Cleanup Series Dates
All events are from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Volunteers should dress appropriately for weather and with closed-toed shoes. Those under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or other adult (teacher, scout leader, etc.). Trash bags, gloves and water provided at each, lunch and t-shirts for select events only.
Sat. March 31- Downtown Augusta on-the-water; meet at 10th Street Dock
Sat. April 14 - North Augusta Clean Sweep; meet at Brick Pond Park (North Augusta Kids Earth Day Event) and clean up the location of your choice
Sat. April 14 - Ebenezer Creek on-the-water (Savannah area); meet at Tommy Long Landing
Sat. April 21 - Earth Day Cleanup, part of CityServe 2018; meet at Lock & Dam Park, Barton Village Community Center, Henry H. Brigham Park, or Diamond Lakes Regional Park
Thurs. June 14 - Lake Olmstead/Augusta Canal on-the-water; meet at Lake Olmstead
Sat. July 14 - Lake Olmstead Work Day; meet at Lake Olmstead Park
Sat. September 22 - Betty’s Branch on-the-water; meet at Outdoor Augusta Riverside Rentals
Sat. November 3 - Rivers Alive Statewide Cleanup Event; meet at Lake Olmstead and clean up the waterway/location of your choice