The mission of South River Watershed Alliance is to protect and restore the water quality and biodiversity of the South River watershed to the beneficial use of people and wildlife.  


We're just like you. We're teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to change. And the more volunteers we have, the bigger impact we can all make. Together. Learn More about what it means to be a volunteer.


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July 2013 South River Outing - Rockdale County

October 2013

In This Issue


Visualize South River's Future


Use Your Kroger Plus Card to Earn Rewards for SRWA


Upcoming Events


Highline Highlight of Rivers Alive Cleanup 


Elected Officials Contact Information


Support SRWA's South River Jamboree Annual Fundraiser


South River and Yellow River Focus of Cong. Johnson and State Rep. Anderson Environmental Conference, October 12th

South River Jamboree in 1 Week. Show Your

 Support for South River by Purchasing a Ticket. 




SRWA Workshop June 2012


 Visualize South River's Future

There is nothing so difficult that can't be improved upon if there is only a vision - a mental picture of transformation that can be shared. Vision makes the difference for the future. Vision allows us to restore, repair, build upon and improve that which we have in order to preserve for future generations that which is irreplaceable.


A shared vision for the South River, one that cuts across jurisdictional boundaries, would represent a giant step forward. This vision must include commitment and support from businesses and city and county governments up and down the river from the City of Atlanta to DeKalb and Rockdale Counties and beyond. Currently, sections of the river's system are healthy enough to thrive and provide habitat for fish and wildlife, while others can be greatly improved from the standpoint of function and aesthetics. 

Rivers are the lifeblood of the lands through which they flow. More and more people are coming to appreciate the true value of rivers and recognize the importance of stable stream banks, functioning floodplains, and green infrastructure. Across Georgia partnerships comprised of communities, nonprofit organizations, governments, private landowners, and corporations are working to restore the health of rivers. They are being valued for their worth beyond wastewater assimilation, stormwater transport, hydro- electric power, and farming.

SRWA's vision is for a healthy South River, a river that can provide valuable quality of life and environmental benefits for present and future generations to enjoy. From its headwaters just north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the City of East Point to its "official" end in Jackson Lake along the Jasper/Newton County border, a healthy South River holds benefits for all along its route. Ideas resulting in restoration, cleaner water, stormwater management, reduced erosion, enhanced aesthetic value, increased  recreation opportunities, and viable wildlife habitat are all part of SRWA's vision for the South River. This is a vision worthy of sharing.  




(l to r) SRWA Board Member - Kenneth Doyle, Patrice Davis, Keith Parsons, Jackie Echols Doug Denton, Joan Walker, Morris Sammons 


Use Your Kroger Plus Card To Earn Rewards for SRWA


You can use your Kroger Plus card to help SRWA. If you don't have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the service desk at your local store. Rewards earned on purchases translate into cash donations to South River Watershed Alliance. Signing up is quick and easy. Register your Kroger Plus card online at to link your card to South River Watershed Alliance.

  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.  
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering Zip Code, clicking on favorite store, entering you email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information
  • Enter NPO number (107512 ) or organization, select South River Watershed Alliance from the list and click to confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the right side of your information page.

Please sign up today!!




Upcoming Events 


South River Jamboree - Saturday, October 5

SRWA's annual fundraiser is only days away. Come celebrate. Tickets are only $30 per person. Buy tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit our sponsors webpage.


EPA and EPD Rivers Alive Cleanup - October 18

The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 and Georgia Environmental Protection Division will join forces on Friday, October 18 for Rivers Alive - Part 2. Volunteers from the two agencies will remove tires and trash from the South River beginning just downstream of Panola Shoals and ending at Panola Mountain State Park a distance of approximately two and a half miles. The event will begin at 9:00 and is open to all volunteers. Community volunteers email Jackie at to sign up. 


South River Canoe Outing - October 26
Last outing this year. See the South River in the fall! Paddle with SRWA from Lorraine Park and Trail Head on Hwy 138 to Oglesby Road in Rockdale County, a distance of approximately 5.5 miles. Canoeing experience is not required, but you should be physically able to paddle for an extended period without tiring. Cost is $30 per person which includes canoe rental, insurance, and lunch. Contact Jackie at (404) 285-3756 if you have questions. Kayakers are welcome and must confirm to receive additional information. Sign up here.


Upcoming Events at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve


Tree Top Night Climb@ Panola Mountain State Park - October 19, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. Click here.


ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping @ Panola Mountain State Park - October 26, 6:00 p.m. - October 27, 8:00 a.m.

Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars and the full moon. A treetop camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Click here.





Andy Osborne lifts tire from river


Highline Highlight of Rivers Alive Cleanup

Gathering at the South River on Saturday, September 7, a total of twenty energetic volunteers took part in the annual Rivers Alive cleanup by removing tires, debris, and trash from Panola Shoals and Constitution Lakes. More than 30 tires and numerous large garbage bags of sand-filled aluminum cans and other debris were plucked from the river's bottom. Hundreds of plastic and glass bottles and countless Styrofoam containers, many broken into hundreds of tiny pieces, were collected from the riverbank at Panola Shoals.

Innovation carried the day at Constitution Lakes where a highline made removing tires from the river much easier and efficient. Dr. Andy Osborne, a chemistry professor at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia


Constitution Lakes volunteers

made the two hour roundtrip drive to Atlanta to share his adaptation of the English Reeve highline technique. Using a series of suspended ropes, volunteers were able to lift the tires up the river's steep bank faster and easier. Using this technique approximately 90 tires were pulled from the South River in about four hours. Through the efforts of a modest but dedicated group the river is cleaner and healthier. The number of tires and the amount of trash removed from the river is a testament to the accolades that are so often lavished upon the will and spirit of a dedicated few. Visit Friends of Constitution Lakes Facebook page for more great photos and video. Click here.

A special thanks to DeKalb County Sanitation for their onsite assistance to ensure that the trash that was removed did not became an eyesore, Keep DeKalb Beautiful for providing shovels, bags and pickup sticks, and Rivers Alive for sponsoring the event.    



South River Jamboree

Take Action for South River 


SRWA urges supporters of South River to ask your elected representatives to support recreational access to South River.


DeKalb County Elected Officials:


Lee May, Interim DeKalb County CEO



Elaine Boyer, District 1



Jeff Rader, District 2



Larry Johnson, District 3



Sharon Barnes Sutton, District 4



Lee May, District 5



Kathie Gannon, District 6



Stan Watson, District 7



South River - Flower

jamboreeSupport SRWA's South River Jamboree Annual Fundraiser


Over the past three years, SRWA has made great strides. Through program like our signature Beyond the Bridge river canoe outings community awareness has been heightened. As a result of our river focused restoration activities, targeted community outreach, partnerships, and monthly e-newsletter, SRWA is making a huge difference for South River and the community.


Individual tickets are only $30.Buy tickets 


Business and individual sponsorships are available. Purchase sponsorship. 


South River Jamboree will be held at the historic Lithonia Woman's Club, October 5, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Please join us for a spirited evening in celebration of South River and enjoy good food, music, wine, and a silent auction.


The Lithonia Woman's Club is located at 2564 Wiggins Street in downtown Lithonia, Georgia. 


 Party With a Purpose!!







South River and Yellow River Focus of Cong. Johnson and  State Rep. Anderson Environmental Conference

Consider these compelling facts. Virtually all human uses require fresh clean water. Only about 2.5 percent of water on Earth is fresh water; the other 97 percent is salt water. Urban streams and rivers are our everyday connection to life giving water. The South River, Yellow River, and other rivers in the region are part of the Earth's very limited fresh water supply. This fact alone makes them irreplaceable.

Congressman Hank Johnson and State Representative Tonya Anderson are hosting Urban Stream Restoration and Awareness, a one day conference that offers an opportunity for the public to learn more about the broad range of efforts being undertaken to improve the quality of the South River and Yellow River. The conference will also explore initiatives that would create opportunities for additional recreation and economic development. Momentum in support of these two rivers continues to grow as more and more people recognize the awesome nature of urban streams. They are at the center of our share of nature's fresh water supply. 


The conference will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Confederate Hall, Historical & Environmental Education Center, 2003 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA. The event is free and seating is limited. Registration is required. Free parking will be provided for the first 25 individuals to register. Click here to register.



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