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Chattahoochee River

In the summer of 2003, when Tony Tramonte stood with another Georgia Power employee on the dam at the company's Morgan Falls hydro facility on the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, he noticed the surrounding river banks were completely covered with trash.

A former plant manager at Georgia Power's Plant McDonough-Atkinson, located on the Chattahoochee in Smyrna, Tramonte began wondering what could be done to improve the situation and enhance the environment.

It didn't take long before he had conspired with others within his company and the community, including Linda Bain at the Sandy Springs Conservancy, to begin the inaugural river cleanup that fall on the Chattahoochee in the Sandy Springs area near Morgan Falls.

Chatahoochee RiverTramonte, now a project manager in fuel services at Southern Company Services, recalls that the first cleanup involved 70 to 80 Georgia Power employees, political leaders, Boy Scouts and community citizens. The annual fall event, now part of the Renew Our Rivers program, has had up to 150 volunteer participants and has stretched 6 miles down the river to I-285 and also upriver to Roswell Road.

Volunteers collected 2.4 tons of trash the first year, but the totals have declined in recent years, which is good news because the trash level is decreasing due to increased awareness.

Like other Georgia Power employees who recognize the importance of environmental stewardship in our state, Tramonte is proud to be part of that first Chattahoochee River cleanup and the ongoing initiative to keep the river clean.

Each year, our employees and community volunteers team up to give back to their communities through these events, which are hosted and sponsored by Georgia Power through Southern Company's Renew Our Rivers initiative. Since 2003, more than 22,000 employees and other community volunteers across the state have removed over 2 million pounds of trash from Georgia's 70,000 miles of waterways.

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