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Riverkeepers sweep 'Hooch: Annual cleanup nets 3.7 tons



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Volunteers waded and paddled their way along the Chattahoochee River banks April 12 collecting garbage. ERIK VOSS. (click for larger version)

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ERIK VOSS. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2013
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The third annual Sweep the 'Hooch event saw record number of volunteers turn out April 13 to clear the river way of trash and debris.

The day saw 553 volunteers pick up more than 3.7 tons of garbage, said David Lee Simmons, spokesman for the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers.

The first year saw 2.76 tons of trash collected, followed by 3.81 tons of trash.

Volunteers manned paddle boats or walked along the shore for the length of the river looking for trash.

"Unfortunately there is still trash out there. But I'm seeing less than in the past. People want to see their waterways clean and they are getting involved," said Sally Bethea, executive director of the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers.

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