Watershed UGA kicked-off at UGA’s 2015 Dawg Day of Service on August 29, 2015. “Dawg Day of Service seeks to realize the university’s commitment through a campus-wide, visible day of service event open to the entire University of Georgia community. Participants volunteer at different sites around the Athens-Clarke County area where they will have the chance to network and interact with students, community members, and staff, while engaging in meaningful service and addressing community needs.“
This year, Watershed UGA had three sites at Dawg Day of Service. The first was an invasive species pull and trash clean-up along a section of Lilly Branch just behind Lamar Dodd School of Art . Around 35 students volunteered at this site, and with the help of the UGA grounds crew, they were able to clear and treat the many of the exotic, invasive species in this area.
The second site was at Lake Herrick. A group of about 50 students worked with staff from the Warnell School of Forestry to spread pea gravel and install other erosion control features along trails adjacent to Lake Herrick. The work completed added up to about 240 hours for the Warnell staff. These efforts will help stabilize dirt and prevent sediments from entering the lake.
The third site was a trash clean-up along Tanyard Creek near UGA’s Tate Student Center. Ten students removed trash from along the creek-side and found glass to be a major contributor of litter. The efforts of students involved with Watershed UGA at Dawg Day of Service will directly contribute to the improvement of our campus watershed’s health. We thank every volunteer who came out to help.