There are a number of ways you can get involved in your watershed and your local community! To get updates about Stormwater events and volunteer opportunities, sign up for our Stormwater Education Updates mailing list, or check out our GivePulse page.
Contact Stormwater Education Specialist Cecile Riker at firstname.lastname@example.org with any special requests or questions.
Stormwater works with Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful to schedule, support, and lead stream and river clean-ups. All groups are welcome. Do you know of a stream that could use some attention? Email email@example.com to nominate it for a clean up.
In Athens-Clarke County, storm drains empty directly into streams and rivers. ACC Stormwater leads volunteer groups in applying colorful decals to storm drains that warn people not to dump anything down the storm drain. With permission from the Homeowner's Association, this can be done in your own neighborhood!
Interested in stream health? ACC Stormwater works with ACC Leisure Services to find streams in need of monitoring that are accessible for volunteer groups. Leisure Services also offers free Georgia Adopt-A-Stream workshops where you can learn more about clean water and protocols for citizen chemical and macroinvertebrate monitoring.
Athens area residents wade into local rivers and streams as part of the continuing statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia’s waterways. The annual Georgia Waterway Cleanup is the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources. Visit www.accgov.com/riversalive for more information.
The Athens Water Festival is an annual family event held in September celebrating all things water. Attendees of all ages splash, play, and learn with hands-on water activities set-up in a Festival format. Volunteers are needed to staff booths and facilitate activities. Visit www.athenswaterfestival.com for more information and dates.
Athens MLK Day of Service is an annual celebration in support of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and commitment to service. In 1994, Congress made the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday an official day of service. Athens, Georgia is one of the thousands of cities across the United States that decided to make this "A Day On and Not a Day Off." Visit www.accgov.com/mlkday for more information.