“Every year, we host the stream cleanup, where we host volunteers to clean up litter and garbage along the stream banks within the city of Griffin and Spalding County,” said Griffin Deputy Director of Stormwater Chris Edelstein.
A lot of garbage thrown out of car windows ends up in the storm drains and from there, local rivers and streams. The goal of the cleanup is to collect it before it ends up in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.
Edelstein said each event typically attracts 100 volunteers and 20 Griffin staff members.
“This year, we have 10 groups that have signed up to volunteer,” he said.
The volunteers will assemble at the old Wal-Mart shopping center at 9 a.m. and spread out to locations on Shoal Creek, Potato Creek and Cabin Creek.
“We try to hit all of the major watersheds in town,” Edelstein said.
The cleanup will be completed at noon. Edelstein said a typical cleanup produces 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of garbage and 500 pounds of recyclable metals, as well as 1,000 pounds of old tires.
Those interested in participating should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Gloves will be provided.
The stormwater office can be reached at 770-229-6424.