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Johns Creek volunteers clean up namesake creek

April 26, 2014

Creek CrawlPlease be advised that the Creek Crawl has been rescheduled from May 1 to May 8 due to inclement weather.

A hardy band of Johns Creek volunteers on May 8 will splash down a half-mile of the creek that lent the City its name, picking up litter and learning about aquatic life during the City's annual 'Creek Crawl.'

Volunteers from the City of Johns Creek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful employees, as well as Chattahoochee High School students and nature lovers, will carry trash bags and picker-uppers to collect litter in the water and on the shores. In the past three years, volunteers have picked up an estimated 1,500 pounds of litter in the creek from Old Alabama Road to about a half-mile north of State Bridge Road.

A Chattahoochee High School science teacher in the group will discuss the ecology of Johns Creek and other items of interest.

Cleaning up rivers and streams is an on-going challenge, said Johns Creek Solid Waste Manager James Swope. "Everything we throw on the ground ends up in our water," he said. "Trash in our creeks and streams pollutes the water we drink and destroys habit for wildlife. The Creek Crawl helps clean up the environment, and hopefully teaches our young people the importance of being good stewards of nature."