River Clean Up Success

The local Fall (September/October) Rivers Alive Clean-ups in Cherokee County were a success thanks to the 80 volunteers that worked a total of 340 hours over an area of 8 river miles. Volunteers removed over 1,800 pounds of trash from the Etowah River and Little River. The trash collected included interesting items such as a refrigerator door, couch/love seat set (complete with throw pillows), pool ladder, animal trap with animal bones inside, propane tank, and Freon tank. The number one trash item picked up was beverage containers (plastic bottles, glass bottles, and aluminum cans). Volunteers picked up over 2000 beverage containers! We can all be more responsible while out in the community by properly disposing of our trash. 

River_Cleanup_2015_3Hard Working Group At The Little River Clean Up

River_Cleanup_2015_1Students Get Acquainted With The
Etowah River Alliance Mascot
Carter The Darter

River_Cleanup_2015_4Canoe Of Trash Removed From The Little River
It Doesn’t Take Long To Accumulate!

River_Cleanup_2015_2Couch And Love Seat
Removed From The Etowah River

THANK YOU to all volunteers!  We couldn’t have done it without you.
See you next year!


2015 Student Photography Contest

CCWSA is conducting a photography contest in which the photograph depicts the “Beauty Of Our Water Resources”. The contest is open to all Cherokee County students K-12 (including home school students).  Click here for more information.

Taste Test Award

CCWSA competed with other counties in Northwest Georgia to win the AWWA “Best Of The Best” Taste Test for District 1!  This honor would not have been possible without the pride of our employees who work hard to provide the best water to Cherokee County residents.  Congratulations to Clint Blackwell and all the employees who helped achieve this!  Keep up the good work!



Science Fair Honors

Cherokee County Water and Sewage Authority honored six students with a certificate, gift card, and water quality materials at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair on February 7th, 2015 at West Forsyth High School. First, four brilliant young ladies from Woodstock High School (Silvana Bravo, Adrea Mueller, Paula Ruiz, and Alexandra Melehan) were honored for their water focused projects. Silvana’s project explored Bioremedation of BPA, Adrea investigated bacteria as an indicator of decomposition, Paula researched the use of Vibrio fischeri as an indicator of Water Quality, and Alexandra analyzed Nitrate Reduction. Then, Nathan Cottrell a 6th grader from Freedom Middle School did a project “Tap vs. Bottled” (in a taste test) that impressed Lori Forrester (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Specialist). Nathan learned about the process that tap water goes through by visiting a water treatment facility. Lastly, Carrington Chun, 12th grader at Sequoyah High School, designed and built an instrument that could potentially retrieve water quality data from locations that cannot be reached by scientists. Overall, all the Cherokee County students at the Science and Engineering Fair did a wonderful job!

Science & Engineer Fair 2015

Woodstock High School winners with Lori Forrester at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Pictured L to R – Adrea Mueller, Paula Ruiz,  Lori Forrester (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Specialist), Silvana Bravo, and Alexandra Melehan

Contest Winners

CCWSA’s annual photography contest for Cherokee County Students K-12 was a success!

Participating students submitted an original photo depicting this year’s theme, “Have You Observed Water Wasting Activities?” A summary of how the waste could have been avoided was also submitted with the photos.

Congratulations to the contest winners on capturing “Water Wasting Activities”! Thanks to all the students who participated in the contest. Remember to always conserve water wisely! Continue reading to see the winning photos! [click to continue…]