Community Events

Thank you to our volunteers who come from all walks of life – non-profit organizations, corporations, community and civic groups, school groups, faith-based groups, individuals, governmental agencies, and others.

Hand in hand we can make Stephens County beautiful

Our plans and events start with you.

KTSCB plans and conducts a variety of projects and events providing members and volunteers opportunities to invest their energy in making our community more beautiful. The events range from cleaning up run-down property, litter-removal days, stream cleanups, to recycling rodeos. Find out about the latest cleanup event: the Toccoa/Stephens Cleanup Challenge. Visit the Keep American Beautiful to find out more about this innovative approach to cleaning our community corridors.

Ideas? We want to hear them!

What is your idea for a Beautification Project or Event? Is there a park or roadway that needs attention? Is there an eyesore property that could use some tender, loving care? KTSCB would love to hear what you think. Call us at 706-491-7597 or email us at ktscbga@gmail.com.Join our Facebook Page and see dates and locations for upcoming events.

Rivers Alive

Rivers Alive is Georgia’s annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. Rivers Alive is held annually each fall and is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program.

Georgia’s 70,150 miles of streams and rivers need your help. Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, great recreational opportunities like canoeing and fishing, and they serve as a pleasant respite from our busy day to day lives. This is your opportunity to help protect one of our most precious resources. Help us clean our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands by joining in support of Rivers Alive.

History of Rivers Alive

Initiated by Curtis Farrar, a past DNR Board Member, the idea of a river cleanup event was conceived in the early 1990’s with the first cleanup being organized by the DNR Wildlife Division in 1992. This “statewide” cleanup focused attention on the Oconee, Ocmulgee, Satila, and Alapaha watersheds. In 1993, organization of the cleanup was divided among the various divisions within DNR: Wildlife Resources, Environmental Protection, Coastal, and Water Resources.

In the mid 1990’s, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream became the lead program spearheading the annual river cleanup. It is important to note that throughout the 90’s other government and non-government organizations also conducted cleanup events at different times of the year, focusing on particular regions or watersheds within the state. At that time, there was no collaboration between government and non-governmental organizations.

In 1999, a significant change occurred – the various cleanup organizations throughout the state unified for the first time to form Rivers Alive. The rationale was that there would be many advantages to forming a single, unified cleanup up: the primary advantage being the solicitation of private donations from corporations to support our cleanup organizers and volunteers.

For the past 14 years, Rivers Alive has seen tremendous growth. Its success is a direct result of the event organizers from across the State who take the time to arrange a cleanup and Rivers Alive Advisory Board who put in countless hours assisting with the program to make it successful. Continued success of the Rivers Alive program is dependent on a strong volunteer base that is concerned about and prepared to take action to clean and protect their local waterways. Each year Rivers Alive produces an annual report highlighting the work done. The report includes final tally results and newspaper articles from across the state.

Annual Great American Cleanup

KTSCB has in past years had teams that competed against each other for prizes. But then we rethought the process.

Now KTSCB has two events a year called Amnesty Day for the entire community of Stephens County. Everyone is the County is invited to bring all junk to dump for free at the County Road Dept.

Last event in November 5, 2016, We had over 30 containers filled which means you have collected more than 120 tons of junk in one days event. Way to go!!! Now that is some progress!!

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities. Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.

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