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Sweep the Hooch by River & land

Clean up from the River by kayak & canoe + clean the banks by walking the riverside trail.

RSVP as Boater or Walker

 

Pre - Planning:

We have a limited number of boats available for loan. One wide and stable sit-on-top kayaks still left + several canoes. These make great trash haulers, even if you have your own small kayak consider taking one of these for the space. First come - inquire ASAP for boats.

 

What to bring:

- Gloves for hand grabbing,

- A picking tool is handy but not required, you can pick up a grabbing tool at the hardware store, or fishing net for light debris. A stick or paddle works fine most of the time to get trash within reach.  

- We have maybe 6 grabbing tools at the park that we can loan.

- Clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty and or wet.

- Sunscreen,

- Hat,

- Maybe a towel and change of clothes for after, showers are available.

- Eat before and or bring a snack.

 

Saturday Aug. 24:

The park address is 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan, GA. GPS should get you there and roads from Newnan are well marked with signage if you look. Note that from the park road entrance to the boat ramp is at least 5 miles. Stay straight on Bobwhite Way it will dead end at the ramp. There is a manned gate a few miles in near the Visitors Center, tell them you are there to volunteer for the clean-up and you will get a free parking day-pass. If want to stop at the Visitors Center on the left and get a park map.

 

Meet-up at the Bend Park boat ramp at 8:30ish for check in and boat shuttle loading. Orientations at 9:00 then take off for boat put-in & trails. It will take a good hour to shuttle & get boats in the river. Greg & Jan will lead boaters, Steve walkers.

- We will supply a bottle of water. BYO river snacks if you wish.

 

We will try to be off the River by 1ish. Local BSA will help put trash away and help us rinse boats.

- The Friends of the Bend.org will furnish a limited lunch menu of Turkey wraps, chips & drinks. If prefer something other please bring it. There are no food concessions at the Park.

 

You will likely get dirty, showers are available at the park, bring a change of clothes, towel & soap if you’d like to clean up at the park. You might want to stay the afternoon and hike the trails.

 

Your volunteer hours also get grant money for the park. Thanks in advance for helping keep the Hooch and the Chattahoochee Bend Park clean!

 

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  • Steve St L.

    The Rivers Alive tee shirts are in our hands and will be available at the park's Visitor's Center beginning Saturday, Sept 28, which, coincidentally, is the Your State Parks Day Trail Blazing Volunteer Day...

    http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Chattahoochee-Bend-State-Park/events/136794532/

    September 26, 2013

  • Steve St L.

    Photos are available for viewing (and download, if you see one of yourself you'd like to keep) at:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/friendsofchattahoocheebend/ChattahoocheeBendRiversAliveCleanup2013?authuser=0&feat=directlink

    August 27, 2013

  • Auntie C.

    Not this year - hopefully next year!

    August 15, 2013

  • Greg H.

    Good question. What to bring:
    Gloves for hand grabbing,
    a picking tool is handy but not required, you can pick up a grabbing tool at the hardware store, or fishing net for light debris. A stick or paddle works fine most of the time to get trash within reach. As Steve said we have maybe 6 grabbing tools at the park.
    Clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty and or wet.
    Sunscreen,
    Hat,
    Maybe a towel and change of clothes for after, showers are available.
    Eat before and or bring a snack. We are shooting to be off the water by 1:00.

    We will furnish trash bags and water.
    We will furnish a light lunch, chips, soda & turkey wraps.

    More on logistics tomorrow.

    Feel free to ask any more questions.
    Thanks,
    Greg

    August 8, 2013

  • Christy

    I know this is a stupid question, but what tools do you use to pull trash out of the river? Or is it just using your hands for the floating trash?

    August 7, 2013

    • Steve St L.

      We use pincer-ended grabbing tools, baskets on poles, and hands. Kitchen gloves work well, as they will keep your hands mostly dry.

      August 7, 2013

    • Steve St L.

      We have 5 grabbers and two baskets. If you bring your own, add floatation. A section of pool tube works great.

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    They'll actually be 4 of us, but 3 kayaks. Two singles and a tandem. I've done this river clean up once before.

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Greg H.

      Great, thanks Kathy. I'll put you down as bringing your own boats. See you there.

      August 7, 2013

  • Gabriel G.

    I am bringing 2 more folks to help out if that is ok. My girlfriend Gillian Kaye, my friend Ben Butler, and he would like to bring his girlfriend. Are you able to let the 3rd guest? If so Ben would need a kayak as well, and if you have a 2 person?

    July 28, 2013

  • Gabriel G.

    I'd like to reserve one boat for my +1, I have my own.

    July 23, 2013

    • Greg H.

      Gab, OK great. I've got you down for 1 single SOT kayak. Optional if you want to give me a name them, otherwise I'll use yours.

      July 24, 2013

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