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Chattahoochee River Conservancy Partners with Uptown Columbus in Watershed Cleanup

Mar 18, 2021



Uptown Columbus, Inc.

25 W 10th Street, Suite 4

Columbus, GA 31901

Contact: Tracey Green (706) 596-0111


March 18, 2021




Columbus, GA:  Local nonprofit environmental organization Chattahoochee River Conservancy is actively working to reduce the amount of litter in Columbus parks and various locations throughout the watershed.


The CRC has already led three clean ups in 2021, at Cooper Creek Park, Heath Park, and Mercer Riverwalk all of which serve as watershed ponds and eventually lead to the Chattahoochee River.

Over 80 volunteers of all ages have participated in cleanups, walking the parks and collecting trash in bags. “We mostly find plastic bottles, styrofoam containers, and tobacco items, as well as some

really random things,” said CRC intern Madison Coleman.


“Non-point source pollution, specifically litter is one of the biggest problems we face in trying to clean up the watershed,” said CRC Executive Director Chris Largent. “Trash ends up making its

way into streams and creeks during heavy rainfalls, and it will eventually end up in the river. If we can all work together to clean up the litter, our river will benefit from it.”

The Mercer Riverwalk cleanup crew removed 2.5 TONS of litter with just over 40 volunteers assisting. Mercer University, Uptown Columbus, Brasfield & Gorrie, CAM Builders, and French &

Associates all played a role in the coordinated efforts to get this area cleaned up.


CRC has one more cleanup currently scheduled: April 10 at Flat Rock Park. Clean up begins at 9:00 am. The CRC will provide trash bags, grabbers, masks, and gloves.


To learn how YOU can also help us make an impact, please visit our website at and sign up to join our Volunteer team today!