Press Release: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Witnesses Great Results from Great Days of Service 2016

Eco-focused Nonprofit Teamed up with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources to Host Sweetwater Watershed Cleanup in October

volunteers-hard-at-work-picking-up-litter-near-sweetwater-creek-for-great-days-of-service-2016Lawrenceville, Ga. – November 7, 2016 – On Saturday, October 22, dozens of volunteers gathered at the Sweetwater Watershed in Duluth to make a difference on behalf of their community. Commemorating the 17th year of Great Days of Service – a cooperative and community-focused initiative created by the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful teamed up with its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources to focus on the health of the local watershed that feeds into waterways leading all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

“We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers for their time and hard work during our Great Days of Service: Sweetwater Watershed Cleanup,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “Their efforts have helped to improve the health of the Sweetwater Creek Watershed to protect our waterways and to beautify our community. Based on the amazing results of those efforts, it’s clear that their dedication and passion for keeping our environment and community clean and beautiful have really paid off!”

gcb-volunteers-stenciled-100-storm-drains-during-great-days-of-service-2016During the course of Great Days of Service 2016, volunteers:

  • Picked-up 1,480 lbs. of litter and trash from Sweetwater Creek and the surrounding watershed
  • Removed 2,300 sf. of invading plants that choke the health of the stream
  • Stenciled 100 storm drains to educate over 750 residents about not dumping down the drains that lead to Sweetwater Creek and Watershed

In addition to Great Days of Service volunteers, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful extends its thanks to all of the wonderful community partners that helped to make this event possible, including Gwinnett Department of Water Resources, Gwinnett Health Coalition, GNR Health Departments, CH2M Hill and Assi Duluth Plaza, Inc.

1480-lbs-of-litter-was-collected-during-the-2016-great-days-of-service-sweetwater-watershed-cleanup-eventThe next waterway cleanup event hosted by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is Great Gwinnett Wetlands on April 29th, 2017. Other upcoming GCB volunteer opportunities include America Recycles Day at Coolray Field on Saturday, November 19 and Bring One for the Chipper at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville on January 21, 2017. To learn more and register as a volunteer, visit www.gwinnettcb.org.

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:  Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.

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