Litter trap launched on Chattahoochee River

In the foothills of the Appalachians, the community and members of the public and private sectors came together in a groundbreaking effort to clean the Chattahoochee River, one of the area's most widely used and debated waterways. Georgia's own Stormwater Systems Inc. installed the nation's first Bandalong litter trap in their back yard of Helen, Ga. Helen is tourist destination in north Georgia, and is located in the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico...

May 1st, 2008

CLEVELAND, GA, April 28, 2008 -- In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the community and members of the public and private sectors came together in a groundbreaking effort to clean the Chattahoochee River, one of the region's most widely used and debated waterways. Georgia's own Stormwater Systems Inc. installed the nation's first Bandalong litter trap in their back yard of Helen, Ga.

Stormwater Systems, in connection with the Ga. Department of Natural Resources, White County Government, and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers placed the litter trap in the river for the White County Middle School Student Environmental Action Team (S.E.A.T.) to collect and analyze litter floating downstream. Helen is one of the top North Ga. tourist destinations, and is located in the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Bandalong litter trap has been widely used throughout Australia and Asia for more than ten years to collect floating debris and trash. Singapore Harbor recently installed a Bandalong to help combat the litter problem there.

"Where man meets the river, you find trash," says Bonny Putney, an Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Last year alone, the Riverkeepers removed by hand over a ton of litter from the Chattahoochee River above Lake Lanier using canoes and kayaks to move along the river's banks.

The coalition launched their efforts on the banks of the Chattahoochee where the S.E.A.T. club announced their waste characterization study. Students will determine what kind of litter has the most presence in the river and hope to determine its origination.

"It's not just our problem or Helen's problem; litter in waterways is everyone's problem," says Gary Hopkins, president of Stormwater Systems. "Litter is an epidemic of largest proportions costing money and the lives of wildlife that depend on our rivers and streams as a means of survival."

The Bandalong litter trap floats on top of the water and enables the river to flow uninterrupted without impeding recreational and wildlife access while it collects and frees waterways of harmful litter.

Stormwater Systems offers solutions that maintain clean waterways throughout the United States.

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