Have you ever seen the river turn brown? When we explain it to kids, we say "the river looks like Chocolate Milk" - in reality, it's SEDIMENT POLLUTION. The river is filled with DIRT blocking out sunlight for plants, clogging the gills of fish, suffocating shellfish, and keeping us from enjoying a clean and clear river to swim and fish in.  Where is all this dirt coming from? Erosion - fast erosion that has been sped up by human activity.  Mainly it's coming from construction sites!  Construction storm water run-off is supposed to be regulated by both state and federal law, however many construction sites don't properly follow these "minimum standards," and inspectors are far fewer than necessary to effectively monitor every construction site. You can make a difference by participating in "Get the Dirt Out". You can learn how to recognize when "minimum standards" are not being properly followed - then you can bring it to FOR's attention and we'll do the rest. Help us fill in the gaps! We need more eyes. Only through the power of community can we truly protect our river from sediment pollution. Use the App if you have a Android or Samsung Smart Phone for easy picture taking and reporting. 

If you already have something to report, or you do not have an Android or Samsung Smart Phone,
you can text and/or email pictures of concern with a description of the location to:
Or contact Hannah von Oeyen at 540.373.3448 x 153 / hannah.vonoeyen@riverfriends.org to see how you can get involved.

See past areas of concern, or add your own:

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How Does Dirt Get into Our Waterways?
 TitleSize (Kb) Created DateDescription
Field Guide to spotting problems!2,466.77Download10/12/2012Keep this guide with you. Sometimes it's best to leave it in your car! The pictures will help you identify areas of concern. Contact information is included as well as an abbreviated list of the Minimum Standards.

Get the Dirt Out is a collaborative project to support localities in controlling and investigating stormwater runoff. By attending one of FOR’s training workshops; volunteers will learn to identify, evaluate and report construction sites contributing to sediment pollution in our waterways. 

Trained volunteers will become local monitors collecting crucial field observations, to be used in stopping pollution.

Get started by attending one of our upcoming trainings:

Please check our event calendar for the next training.




Video Produced by Fran Burst, Burst Video/Film, Inc. for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

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