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Department of Water Resources Events
This fall the Department of Water Resources has something for everyone! 

            Watershed Cleanup Events . . . Open House . . . Workshops

                       Make plans to join us at one of these activities.

Pre-registration is recommended for several of these events.  If pre-registration is requested or recommended, a link will be included with the event information.

Watershed Cleanup Events

September 16 - Yellow River Trash Bash

Join the Yellow River Water Trail and their partners - Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources - for the second annual Yellow River Trash Bash.  Our goal is to collect litter from the Yellow River itself and the Yellow River Park, as well as adjoining tributaries and bridge crossings. Experienced kayakers and canoers are welcome to participate in the river aspect of the clean-up, with others taking on land and shore. Appropriate attire is long pants and closed-toe shoes.  Pizza and t-shirts will be provided for volunteers after the event in appreciation of their efforts.

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm   Location: Yellow River Park, Stone Mountain

This is an event coordinated by the Yellow River Water Trail, with registration through Eventbrite.  Pre-registration is recommended.  Click here for more information.

October 21 - Great Days of Service

Now in its 18th year, the Gwinnett Great Days of Service (GDOS) is one of the largest community volunteer events in the nation.  GDOS is a program of the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services – a nonprofit organization which addresses the health and human services needs of Gwinnett County residents.

This year, the Department of Water Resources’ participation in the Great Days of Service will focus on preserving and protecting the Lower Yellow Watershed in Snellville.  Volunteers will help with activities such as removing litter and participating in a Storm Drain Stenciling Program.

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm   Location: Meeting at Anderson-Livsey Elementary, Snellville

This Watershed Cleanup is coordinated by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) and the Department of Water Resources.  Registration is through GC&B’s website and pre-registration is recommended.  Click here to register for this event.  

Open House

October 28 - Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Open House

“Trick or Treatment” will be the theme of the 2017 Yellow River WRF Open House. At this Open House you will learn about the County’s water treatment process during a fun-filled family –friendly day.  Activities include games, giveaways, pumpkin decorating, free food, and a tour of one of Gwinnett’s innovative water reclamation facilities.

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm  Location: Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility,  858 Tom Smith Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047


September 9 - Backyard Stream Restoration Workshop

Do you have a stream, creek or other water on your property?  This workshop will provide helpful information on the management of everyday aspects and occurrences that having water on your property can bring up.  Partner organizations will be there to provide information and answer questions about topics such as backyard wildlife, stream restoration, plant identification, pest control, and more.

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm Location: Ronald Reagan Park, Lawrenceville

October 10 - Rain Garden Workshop

What is a Rain Garden?  Should I have one on my property?  Educators from the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Service will join the Department of Water Resources representatives to provide answers to these questions and other. Those who attend the workshop and live in the City of Lilburn or in unincorporated Gwinnett may qualify for a 5% credit on their Stormwater Utility Fee.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Location: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Conference Room A, Lawrenceville

October 12 - Homeowner H2O Workshop

Learning how to reduce your water use can mean lower water bills every month! This workshop will provide the knowledge and tools you need to improve water efficiency inside and outside your home. The presentation will focus on leak detection and repair, installing water-efficient fixtures and ways to increase your family’s water-saving behaviors.  Participants will receive leak detection dye tablets and information on how to apply for Gwinnett County's toilet rebate program.  Pre-registered attendees will receive an indoor conservation kit that includes faucet aerators, a low-flow shower head and other efficiency products.

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm Location: Lucky Shoals Park, Norcross

November 9 - Cooking to Protect Water Quality Workshop

No one likes to hear that a sewer spill has happened – especially if it’s near a creek or stream.  But did you know that there is something you can do – in your home – to help reduce the instances of sewer spills?  At this workshop you will learn how everyday activities in the kitchen can impact surface water quality.  We’ll be talking specifically about one that we all have control over: FOG.  FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease.  FOG is a major contributor to sewer overflows into surface waters, as well as backups into homes and businesses.  This workshop will cover strategies to protect your home and our environment at the same time.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm Location: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Conference Room C, Lawrenceville

Pre-Registration is recommended for DWR Workshops.  Click here to register for our FREE workshops. 

Other Places You Will find DWR

November 4 - Storm the Watershed
This 5K/15K trail race along the Long Branch Reservoir is presented by the Henry County Water Authority. Race day includes beautiful trails with scenic water views, and a post-race barbeque including t-shirts and giveaways!

Registration is required.  Learn more here.

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Location: Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center, Locust Grove

 November 18 - America Recycles Day

Come learn why the Department of Water Resources is interested in recycling!  This free event is sponsored by one of our Gwinnett County partners – the Recycling and Solid Waste Division. 

Residents will be able to drop off recyclables such as electronics, tires, toner/printer cartridges, paint, and paper that needs to be shredded. They will also be accepting gently used clothing and shoes to be either donated to those in need, or recycled into new products. This event will be accompanied by kid’s activities, touch-a-truck, and an opportunity to meet garbage haulers that serve Gwinnett County.

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Location: Coolray Field, Buford