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  Rivers Alive Volunteers Making A Difference

Rivers Alive, a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program, has celebrated over 15 years of cleaning up Georgia's waterways. Throughout the history of Rivers Alive, over 499 thousand volunteers extracted 118.0 million pounds of garbage from 35.0 thousand miles of waterway. While these numbers indicate the tremendous impact this program has had on communities and their watersheds in the past, the numbers from each successive year's cleanups indicate that Rivers Alive will continue to grow into the next decade.

  Yearly totals

 The graphs on the right illustrate how the cleanups have grown in the past ten years.

YearNo. of EventsNo. of VolunteersVolunteer Hours# of BagsDump Trucks / DumpstersPounds of Garbage CollectedMiles Cleaned
1999 61 6534 23568 3969 10 99385 10
2000 87 14774 68514 8322 59 182532 336
2001 99 18563 73975 14325 55 117999 512
2002 125 16766 61934 15143 70 302056 780
2003 157 24283 87449 8645 69 342252 1440
2004 141 22623 79421 5697 69 573672 1250
2005 153 24595 85001 8984 17 684000 2919
2006 144 25020 92140 10740 58 708322 2395
2007 156 24726 76934 4407 84 709166 2278
2008 167 26864 91001 22068 55 742065 2265
2009 180 25976 106042 14517 100 952619 2154
2010 224 24509 90041 6964 111 1103357 2188
2011 241 28238 100822 9045 282 689390 1783
2012 313 29272 108724 8101 87 725018 2129
2013 284 27730 125024 16557 39 592090 1972
2014 274 24753 93693 7781 54 656179 1655
2015 258 24647 84608 6831 41 417092 2420
2016 220 22927 84832 5503 80 544471 1592
2017 264 26482 81298 7278 58 431789 1596
2018 245 23824 85339 22995 71 495860 1180
2019 254 25212 76444 6071 58 524479 1294
2020 137 10319 52246 3625 371 270780 899
2021 14 411 1128 537 5 15535 14
Totals 4198 499048 1830178 218105 1903 11880108 35061
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Number of Volunteers Participating


2021 : 411 2020 : 10319 2019 : 25212 2018 : 23824 2017 : 26482 2016 : 22927 2015 : 24647 2014 : 24753 2013 : 27730 2012 : 29272


Volunteer Hours

2021 : 1128 2020 : 52246 2019 : 76444 2018 : 85339 2017 : 81298 2016 : 84832 2015 : 84608 2014 : 93693 2013 : 125024 2012 : 108724


Pounds of Garbage Collected (thousands)

2021 : 16 2020 : 271 2019 : 524 2018 : 496 2017 : 432 2016 : 544 2015 : 417 2014 : 656 2013 : 592 2012 : 725


Estimated Miles Cleaned

2021 : 14 2020 : 899 2019 : 1294 2018 : 1180 2017 : 1596 2016 : 1592 2015 : 2420 2014 : 1655 2013 : 1972 2012 : 2129


Number of Events

2021 : 14 2020 : 137 2019 : 254 2018 : 245 2017 : 264 2016 : 220 2015 : 258 2014 : 274 2013 : 284 2012 : 313