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Hundreds of volunteers 'Sweep the Hooch'

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

One of the largest trash pick-ups in the state happened on Saturday.

Hundreds of volunteers 'Swept the Hooch,' cleaning more than 100 miles of the Chattahoochee River.

The annual day of service is put on by the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the river. 

Despite rainy weather conditions, about 900 volunteers signed up to pick up trash. The effort began eight years ago and continues to grow in popularity.

Last year volunteers picked up 14 tons of garbage.

"There's three different categories," said Park Ranger David Thomas. "Walkers are on land, You're not going to get wet and you're just picking up garbage. Waders, it's guys in their fishing gear that are along the sides of the banks, and then we have the floaters, which are the folks who are literally on the river picking up garbage out of the river."

The cleanup takes about four hours. Learn more here.

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