Chattahoochee River Keepers

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s mission is to advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, in order to restore and preserve their ecological health for the people and wildlife that depend on the river system.

Established in 1994, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s is an environmental advocacy organization with more than 5,000 members dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin — drinking water source for 3.5 million people.Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s was the 11th licensed program in the international Waterkeeper Alliance, now close to 200 organizations strong.

From the north Georgia mountains to the Florida border, the Chattahoochee River is impacted by unplanned development, storm runoff and trash from industries, roads, and construction sites, and discharges from sewage treatment plants. Withdrawals from the river by municipalities and industries also affect its health through consumptive loss of water that is not returned to the river, impacting downstream water quality, recreation and ecology. While significant improvements have been made in the river, much remains to be accomplished.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s actively uses advocacy, education, research, communication, cooperation, monitoring and legal actions to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee and its watershed.

Ways To Get Your ARC Volunteer Hours

ARC partners with Chattahoochee River Keepers on their efforts to keep our Chattahoochee River safe and healthy. Earn ARC volunteer hours by participating in these volunteer opportunities:

  • Sweep The Hooch – An annual clean up effort that includes 600 volunteers removing trash from The Chattahoochee River.
  • Ongoing Water Samples – Collect water samples each week from the Chattahoochee River and deliver them to Chattahoochee River Keepers for testing. These tests indicate eColi counts in the river. Contact Charlie Freed (  for more information.

Required Volunteer Hours At ARC

Because ARC partners with the Chattahoochee River Keepers, you can earn volunteer hours by volunteering for any of their events. Read more about your required volunteer hours at ARC.