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Volunteers clean up Sweetwater Creek

A group of Gwinnett County employees and other volunteers collected more than 450 pounds of trash and recyclables during a recent Georgia Rivers Alive cleanup along Sweetwater Creek.

A group of Gwinnett County employees and other volunteers collected more than 450 pounds of trash and recyclables during a recent Georgia Rivers Alive cleanup along Sweetwater Creek.

Talk about cleaning up.

During a recent project to clean up a section of Sweetwater Creek, a Gwinnett County crew collected more than 450 pounds of trash and recyclables.

Gwinnett water resources staffers had recently worked on a stream restoration project to stabilized the banks of Sweetwater Creek and its tributary, a county press release said. The project restored the floodplain, but the area was a mess.

So 10 volunteers, including six Gwinnett County employees, two state employees and two consultants for the county went back out to collect the refuse along the creek, as part of the Georgia Rivers Alive program. In just three hours, the group hauled off nearly 500 pounds of trash.

County officials encourage members of the public to participate in future cleanup events, which are being planned for various streams in Gwinnett. To register, go to www.riversalive.org to find a cleanup in your area.