Brookhaven, Georgia—This weekend, Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) participated in the annual “Sweep the Hooch” river cleanup event. Since 2010, Sweep The Hooch is a volunteer event designed to help clean the Chattahoochee watershed. The event offers volunteers the chance to explore the river and clean up trash and debris found along the way.

“It is vital that our communities help preserve our natural wildlife and protect these beautiful resources,” McBath said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to safely get outside, roll up my sleeves, and do my part to keep the Sixth District such a beautiful place to live. I want to thank the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper for organizing this event that allows residents to safely come together in a way that was beneficial to nature and a lot of fun, too.” 

During this annual event, residents are encouraged to reflect about their favorite site along the river and to help preserve the Chattahoochee River. Volunteers could choose to walk along the river, wade on the river bank, or paddle in the water to pick up debris. The event was a combined effort of over 40 cleanup sites that cover 100 miles of river and tributary. The previous nine years of Sweep the Hooch have removed over 113 tons of trash and involved the efforts of more than 5,600 volunteers. The Chattahoochee River serves as a source of clean drinking water and recreational activities for millions of Georgia residents.