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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 508 thousand volunteers extracted 122.0 million pounds of garbage from 36.0 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 223 24469 89721 6964 111 1101357 2179
2011 241 28238 100822 9045 282 689390 1783
2012 312 29172 108430 8101 85 722340 2114
2013 284 27730 125024 16557 39 592090 1972
2014 274 24753 93693 7781 54 656179 1655
2015 258 24647 84608 6831 41 417092 2421
2016 220 22927 84832 5503 80 544471 1592
2017 264 26482 81298 7278 58 431789 1596
2018 243 23747 84747 21262 71 469860 1180
2019 252 25173 76278 6055 56 515919 1293
2020 138 10311 52385 3521 370 274560 911
2021 131 9797 33425 4749 58 345454 1065
2022 10 347 1355 1839 5 44250 17
Totals 4320 508517 1862597 222303 1956 12218819 36117
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Number of Volunteers Participating


2022 : 347 2021 : 9797 2020 : 10311 2019 : 25173 2018 : 23747 2017 : 26482 2016 : 22927 2015 : 24647 2014 : 24753 2013 : 27730


Volunteer Hours

2022 : 1355 2021 : 33425 2020 : 52385 2019 : 76278 2018 : 84747 2017 : 81298 2016 : 84832 2015 : 84608 2014 : 93693 2013 : 125024


Pounds of Garbage Collected (thousands)

2022 : 44 2021 : 345 2020 : 275 2019 : 516 2018 : 470 2017 : 432 2016 : 544 2015 : 417 2014 : 656 2013 : 592


Estimated Miles Cleaned

2022 : 17 2021 : 1065 2020 : 911 2019 : 1293 2018 : 1180 2017 : 1596 2016 : 1592 2015 : 2421 2014 : 1655 2013 : 1972


Number of Events

2022 : 10 2021 : 131 2020 : 138 2019 : 252 2018 : 243 2017 : 264 2016 : 220 2015 : 258 2014 : 274 2013 : 284