UGA’s campus-wide Dawg Day of Service was held on August 27th. This year’s event attracted the largest number of volunteers yet, with over 500 volunteers putting in more than 1255 hours of service in Athens and the surrounding community. Watershed UGA hosted 49 volunteers at three sites—Lilly Branch, Lake Herrick and Trail Creek Park. At both Lilly Branch, volunteers worked to remove several types of invasive species, including Chinese privet, bush honeysuckle and winter creeper. This effort was a continuation of previous service events held at a site behind the Art school. The cumulative effect of these service events is becoming increasingly evident, with several areas opening up to reveal views of the previously hidden stream.
At Lake Herrick, volunteers assisted with a variety of trail maintenance activities designed to help minimize erosion and prevent sediment (and any other contaminants that have adhered to the sediment) from entering Lake Herrick. Volunteers helped install rails to direct run-off away from trails into more vegetated areas and build fencing to prevent runners and mountain bikers from using areas with especially steep slopes that are particularly vulnerable to erosion.
Finally, at Trail Creek Park, volunteers worked to remove invasive Chinese privet with the assistance of partners at the Athens Clarke County Leisure Services department. This was the first service event we have hosted in the Trail Creek watershed and we are excited to continue work in this watershed as part of our broader efforts to integrate Trail Creek into our campus watershed management plan.