Stormwater Volunteer Programs

Storm Drain Stenciling Program

A storm drain marker or stencil is a 4-inch diameter plastic decal with the message “No Dumping, Drains to Stream”. During the storm drain stenciling program, volunteers, at their own pace, attach the stencils with glue to local storm drain inlets or structures to remind the general public not to pour or dump anything into storm drains.

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Anything that enters a storm drain or storm sewer system is released without treatment into nearby water bodies used for swimming, fishing and drinking. Attaching stencils to storm drains helps to remind and educate citizens that water quality and aquatic life are directly affected by any pollutants entering storm drains. The Stormwater Utility has implemented a storm drain stenciling program through which volunteers can receive a free demonstration and stenciling kit from stormwater personnel with all supplies necessary to attach the markers to the storm drains within the County. This program is a great opportunity for volunteers, businesses, neighborhood associations, students, and youth groups to be a solution to downstream stormwater pollution and eliminate pollution at its source!

Valid stenciling participation will qualify participants for a 5% Watershed Stewardship Stormwater Utility Credit on their County stormwater utility bill. Please refer to the Rockdale County Stormwater Utility Credit Manual (click here) for complete details.

For more information about the storm drain stenciling program, or to participate, please contact the Stormwater Utility at 770-278-7142 or email Stormwater.Events@rockdalecountyga.gov.

Please view the following information for more information about the storm drain stenciling program:

Storm Drain Stenciling Program Informational Flyer
Storm Drain Stenciling Safety Briefing

Rivers Alive

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Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Georgia has 70,150 miles of streams and rivers that need your help. Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, great recreational opportunities like swimming and fishing, and they serve as a pleasant retreat from our busy lives. This is your opportunity to help protect one of our most precious resources. Please help us clean our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands by encouraging your co-workers, family and friends to participate in the Rivers Alive event held every October.

The mission of Rivers Alive is to promote awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. Rivers Alive is a statewide campaign held annually each fall and is sponsored by the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Program. In 2010, the Rivers Alive campaign resulted in removing over 550 tons of litter and debris from our rivers, streams and wetlands. Throughout the past ten years, over 257,000 Rivers Alive volunteers have extracted over 6.6 million pounds of garbage from 18,700 miles of waterways in Georgia. 14

In 2011, we had an amazing turnout for Rivers Alive, the local water way cleanup! Approximately 250 volunteers helped to remove 8.54 tons of garbage, 74 tires, and 693 garbage bags from 19 locations and 8.5 miles of waterways throughout the County, including commercial properties (detention ponds at Burlington Coat Factory, Lowes, & Chick-fil-a), subdivisions (Fieldstone View, Country Walk, Shadow Lake, Shady Grove, Lakeview Estates, & Huntington Creek), parks (Bonner, South Hicks, Pine Log, & Black Shoals), schools (General Ray Davis Middle, Lorraine Elementary, Rockdale High, Eastminster), a few illegal dump sites, the Yellow River (Private residence with access), South River (Old junkyard for Lorraine Trailhead) and the Randy Poynter reservoir. The County greatly appreciates all of the volunteers that take the time out of their busy schedules to help keep our County beautiful and clean, and to protect our water resources!

Civic groups, subdivisions, businesses, communities, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, churches, youth groups, students and individuals are asked to volunteer in the annual Rivers Alive Event in our community.

Volunteer registration forms are made available at County parks, offices, including the Administration and Services Building (958 Milstead Avenue). Forms may also be faxed, emailed or mailed to you by request.

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Valid participation in a County cleanup event will qualify participants for a 5% Watershed Stewardship Stormwater Utility Credit on their County stormwater utility bill. Please refer to the Rockdale County Stormwater Utility Credit Manual (click here) for complete details.

For more information about Rivers Alive, or to participate, please contact the Stormwater Utility at 770-278-7142 or email Stormwater.Events@rockdalecountyga.gov.

 

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful Community Cleanup Events

Litter is a major source of stormwater pollution in Rockdale County. Therefore, twice a year Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB), Rockdale County and the City of Conyers organize community cleanup events in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in the spring and Rivers Alive in the fall. Both of these events are highly anticipated in our community for those who want to give back through a day of service.

During these cleanup events, volunteers pick up litter along streams in their neighborhoods, parks, around schools, within County/City rights of way, in parking lots and other public areas. With the help of hundreds of volunteers in a typical year, KCRB not only removes a great deal of debris, but the public learns why it is important to prevent litter in the first place.

Please make an effort to stay informed about KCRB’s efforts. Information about our events are often advertised on Rockdale 23, the County’s public access channel, here on this website, in utility bill inserts, through flyers, educational brochures and in local newspapers. These events provide a wonderful opportunity to help keep Rockdale beautiful and contribute to the downstream pollution solution.

Valid participation in a Rockdale County cleanup event can possibly qualify participants for a 5% Watershed Stewardship Stormwater Utility Credit on their stormwater utility bill. Please refer to the Rockdale County Stormwater Utility Credit Manual (click here) for complete details.

For more information about community cleanup events or to participate, please contact the Stormwater Utility at 770-278-7142 or email at Stormwater.Events@rockdalecountyga.gov.