Rivers Alive, a volunteer river cleanup program of the Georgia Department of Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD), named the Braselton Adopt-A-Stream program as the state’s best group working to improve waterways, ‘one trash bag at a time.’
The award ceremony at Zoo Atlanta recognized individuals and groups for leadership and noted that more than 27,000 volunteers cleaned more than 1,800 miles of waterways across the state.
“Rivers Alive cleanups provide important opportunities for citizens to make a big difference while volunteering just a few hours of their time,” said EPD director Jud Turner.
In Braselton, the volunteer group is coordinated by environmental specialist Yvette Wise, who reported collecting trash, tires, paint and a propane tank totaling 815 pounds from local creeks, the Mulberry River and local roadsides. “We couldn’t do this work without all the volunteers and sponsors,” said Wise.
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters.