By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

More than 200 volunteers took part in the 2nd Annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources Hosted Education and Cleanup Event at Bromolow Creek 

By Kasie Bolling

Duluth – On Saturday, April 30, dozens of concerned and caring citizens descended upon the banks of Bromolow Creek & Wetlands in Duluth to learn more about what makes a wetland so important to a community and take action to restore the health and beauty of one of their own.

2016 190GGW Volunteer picking up near streamDrawn there for the 2nd Annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands event – which marks a strategic alliance between Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB) and the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (DWR) – the results of the four-hour event were undeniably impactful. Their efforts helped to improve the health of the Bromolow Creek Wetlands, diminish pollution and prevent flooding, as well as teach Gwinnettians about the vital role local waterways serve in keeping the surrounding community clean and beautiful.

Together, the group of environmental stewards, local school green teams, DWR representatives and GCB staffers:

•Removed 4,800 lbs. of invading plants that harm the watershed,

•Picked-up 2,900 lbs. of litter and debris from 2 miles of our roadsides and stream banks,

•Educated 205 volunteers on the importance of wetlands

2016 190GGW Volunteers carrying trash bags“We are incredibly grateful for the hard work of our awesome GCB Volunteers,” said Sumner Gann, Interim Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “The accomplishments of this year’s Great Gwinnett Wetlands are vital to keeping our waterways clean and healthy. Wetlands help to protect the streams and lakes by acting as filters for any pollutants that rain washes from streets and lawns into our waterways. These waterways connect us, and the work we’re doing at Bromolow Creek and Wetlands affects all of those who live and work downstream.”

Gann also expressed Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s gratitude for its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources and the Aviation Institute of Maintenance for helping make the Great Gwinnett Wetlands event possible. GCB hopes to see all of the Great Gwinnett Wetlands volunteers – along with some new faces –  at its next watershed event, Great Days of Service: Watershed Cleanup, on October 22nd, 2016. To learn more about Great Gwinnett Wetlands, additional programs offered by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, and ways local citizens and small businesses can help make Gwinnett a cleaner, greener and more livable community, aspiring environmental stewards are encouraged to visit www.GwinnettCB.org

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:  Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.