Limestone Valley Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, the Catoosa County 4H Club and Georgia Rivers Alive are putting on a volunteer stream cleanup event as part of an effort to improve the South Chickamauga Creek Watershed.  The event will start at 10:00 am and last until around 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11th.  The Ringgold City Park which is located along South Chickamauga Creek will serve as the central location for the event.  Rivers Alive T-shirts will be available for at least the first 40 volunteers who sign in.  Volunteers will be asked to clean up along the creek on foot.  Staff from Limestone Valley will be on hand to talk about South Chickamauga Creek and the fishes and bugs that inhabit it, as well as the importance of good water quality.  In addition, Limestone Valley will be sampling fishes and bugs to show a bunch of critters from South Chickamauga Creek to volunteers.  The cleanup should be a fun way to assist in helping improve on one of the most cherished places in Ringgold to visit South Chickamauga Creek.    


Student volunteers from the Catoosa County 4H Club will be instrumental in making the event a success.  Limestone Valley RC&D Council, a nonprofit group dedicated to natural resource conservation and economic development in rural Northwest Georgia, is also especially relevant as they are working on a grant to improve water quality in the South Chickamauga Creek Watershed.  Rivers Alive, another partner sponsoring the event, is a statewide outreach program geared toward cleaning up Georgia’s waterways and will be donating the T-shirts.  The event along South Chickamauga Creek is one of more than 200 cleanups along streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and oceans that Rivers Alive sponsors each year throughout Georgia.  Last year, approximately 28,000 volunteers contributed to these cleanups in and along over 2,000 miles of waterways.  It is the hope of both groups that volunteers not only help clean garbage and debris within and along these water bodies, but also get out and appreciate them for their beauty and biodiversity, as well as the recreation opportunities that they offer.


If you are interested in learning more about the stream cleanup event or have a group planning on attending the cleanup, please RSVP the event coordinator Amos Tuck at (770) 316-4115 or  Volunteers are advised to wear pants so they can walk through the woods and warm clothes that they can get wet if possible.  Gloves and trash bags will be provided, although bringing your own gloves will help the groups accommodate more volunteers.  When possible, volunteers are encouraged to bring waders to the event.  If you have suggestions of additional sites along local creeks in need of a cleanup as part of the event or have questions about the event, contact Amos Tuck, who is working on the South Chickamauga Creek grant with Limestone Valley.