29th Annual Conasauga River Watershed Cleanup
October 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm| Free
Be part of the tradition. Join us for the 29th anniversary of the Conasauga River Watershed CleanUp! Choose a site and have some filthy fun as you help clean up our area’s beautiful streams and river! The event is held in conjunction with Georgia’s Annual Waterway Clean-Up, Rivers Alive. We’ll bring the snacks and supplies and you bring the whole family and together, let’s clean up our planet!
This year’s clean-up will take place at ten locations:
1. Conasauga River at Highway 2 bridge
2. Conasauga River at Lower King’s Bridge/Norton Bridge
3. Holly Creek, Murray County, on the Chattahoochee National Forest
4. Mill Creek tributary in the City of Dalton
5. Lakeshore Park in the City of Dalton
6. Crown Creek in the City of Dalton
7. Conasauga River Snorkeling Hole, Cherokee National Forest, TN
8. Coahulla Creek at Prater’s Mill
9. Park Creek Elementary in the City of Dalton
Download the flyer with directions at http://www.keepdaltonwhitfieldbeautiful.org/
Sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Hip or chest waders are useful but are not required. Trash bags will be provided and at least the first 250 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and fanny pack or hand sanitizer as a thank you for helping to clean-up our community’s beautiful river and streams!
Ten volunteers will also receive a copy of Snorkeling the Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia” by Casper Cox. 75+ Full color pages introducing you to Casper’s favorite snorkeling sites – many of which are featured in the film – with info on location/access, biodiversity, safety, and ethics.
The Conasauga River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the U.S. Its watershed is home to 90 native fish species, more than a dozen of which are endangered or rare, including the Conasauga Logperch, a fish found nowhere else in the world. The Conasauga historically supported at least 44 mussel species, but, sadly, only about 20 species remain.
Event sponsors and organizers include: Shaw Industries, Engineered Floors, Dalton Utilities, The Nature Conservancy, Rivers Alive, The Rotary Club of Dalton, United Way of Northwest Georgia, Prater’s Mill Foundation, Mohawk, The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, Dalton State College, Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Whitfield County Public Works, City of Dalton Public Works, Conasauga River Alliance, Limestone Valley RC&D, US Forest Service, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, Murray County and Whitfield County Extension, and Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful.