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 State Park Celebrates New Year with First Day Hike
   Newnan Times-Herald, January 1, 2014
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 Flat Rock Trail Opens at State Park
   Newnan Times-Herald, October 4, 2013
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 Volunteers Clean Chattahoochee at State Park
   Newnan Times-Herald, August 25, 2013
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 36 Volunteers Sweep the Hooch
   Newnan Times-Herald, April 17, 2013
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 32 Volunteers Help to Build Equestrian Area
   Newnan Times-Herald, March 15, 2013
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 New, Exciting Adventures Along the Chattahoochee in Coweta and Columbus
   Newnan Times-Herald, March 10, 2013
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 State Parks Director Tours the Bend with New Park Manager
   Newnan Times-Herald, October 27, 2012
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 Chattahoochee Bend State Park Adventures
   Newnan Times-Herald, October 26, 2012
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 October Outdoors festival at Chattahoochee Bend
   Newnan Times-Herald, October 18, 2012
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Friends of Chattahoochee Bend Sweep the Hooch

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August 18, 2012 — Twenty volunteers participated in a Chattahoochee River cleanup Saturday at the year-old, 2900 acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park. While most volunteers were from Coweta, others came from Heard, Fayette and as far away as Gwinnett County.

The group gathered at the boat ramp parking area and added their own boats to the trailers and trucks already loaded with the park's NuCanoes and Scanoes. A number of other folks were bringing their canoes and kayaks down for a day of paddling and fishing. Some of the visitors were surprised to see so many boats down there. Those that asked what was going on said they'd try to be here for the next cleanup.

We launched the main fleet from the Bend Put-in on the north end of the park, and we were all underway by 10:15. A few boats paddled about 1/4 mile upstream to a couple small strainers, then joined the rest of the fleet as they picked up debris while floating downstream. A small task group set out from the boat ramp to go a short way downstream and also upstream to a 'strainer island' on the park side of the river. 

The group used kayaks and canoes to collect and stash the trash. Some items were easy pickings, scooped up while sitting in your boat, but often items were a challenge to retrieve. Tires sometimes had to be extricated from trees or yanked out of the riverbed and drained of silt. By the days’ end the boats were all heavily loaded, some also towing inflatable rafts as trash barges.

The biggest triumph was removal of probably half our total collected debris from a massive strainer on the Carroll County side of the river -- one so big volunteers had to climb on top of it to retrieve stuff. At one point five volunteers were working on top of the strainer with a couple others offering boat space for the debris, which included the usual sports balls, cans and bottles – but also building materials, a plastic 50 gallon drum, and an oven. There's still more in there, but it'll have to wait until next time, when we bring a floating crane.

A 'strainer' is a large tree that has fallen into the river from the bank and other trees, limbs and branches collect against it. These obstacles get bigger and bigger over time, and often create eddies that trap silt and eventually form islands, but they do a great job of trapping trash as it floats down.

Saturday’s haul from the river nearly tripled that of the first cleanup in April. Slow flow made it easier and safer (than in April) to work on and in the water, and shallow depth revealed more stuff trapped in the riverbed and banks.

The Volunteers logged 138 volunteer hours and removed about 1125 pounds of debris from the river along a short four mile stretch from the “top of the Bend” downstream to the park boat ramp. The haul included 750 pounds of recyclables and trash, 250 pounds of tires, and around 125 pounds of wood and lumber. This was the second river cleanup of the year for the Friends of the Bend.

CBSP News Online

 LEEDing the way: Chattahoochee Bend State Park Recognized
 for Conservation

   Newnan Times-Herald, June 15, 2012
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 Naturalist Offers Hikes at Chattahoochee Bend State Park
   Newnan Times-Herald, June 1, 2012
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 Smith: Score One for Humans on River Ruling
   Newnan Times-Herald, May 27, 2012
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 Chattahoochee "Endangered River?" - Planned Water Reservoirs Seen as Hazard by National Group
   Newnan Times-Herald, May 19, 2012.
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 Friends Working Through National Volunteer Month
   Newnan Times-Herald, April 27, 2012.
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 Chattahoochee Bend Hosts Orienteering Championship, River Cleanup
   Newnan Times-Herald, April 15, 2012.
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 Park Spruced Up with Tree Planting, Trail Restoration
   Newnan Times-Herald, January 30, 2012.
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  Volunteers Needed to Help with Tree Planting, Bridge Restoration
   Newnan Times-Herald, January 26, 2012.
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  Coweta County to Fund Park Naturalist
   Newnan Times-Herald, January 21, 2012.
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  Rep. Smith one of 100 Most Influential Georgians
   Newnan Times-Herald, January 12, 2012.
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  About 1,000 Attend Inaugural Fall Festival at The Bend
   Newnan Times-Herald, October 11, 2011.
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  New Park, Boat Traffic Up: 'Phenomenal increase' on River
   Newnan Times-Herald, August 28, 2011.
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CEC Students Volunteer at Park
   Newnan Times-Herald, July 21, 2011.

Georgia Opens First New State Park in 18 Years
   Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 1, 2011.
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This New Park Along the Chattahoochee is a Big Deal for Coweta
   Newnan Times-Herald, May 17, 2011.
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Wicklund Working to Get State Park Up and Running
   Newnan Times-Herald, May 16, 2011.
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  Chattahoochee Bend State Park: Grand Opening in July
   Newnan Times-Herald, May 16, 2011.
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Press Releases

07 May '09 ~ Announcement of First Annual Meeting, with slate of nominees for the first elected board of directors, selected by the interim board.

25 February '09 ~ Announcement of first scheduled volunteer cleanup day.

25 February '09 ~ Announcement of official charter of Chattahoochee Bend Chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks. Whoohoo!!


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27 May '09 ~ Friends Director Andy Fleming responds to DNR statement (below).

22 Aug '08 ~ Friends of GA State Parks & Historic Sites Mobilizes to Support Parks During Statewide Budget Cuts

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