1,000 Pounds of Trash Removed from Briar Creek

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15 volunteers clean up one of Charlotte’s major urban sub-basins of the Catawba River.

1,000 Pounds of Trash Removed from Briar Creek

Xylem volunteers with 1 of 2 trash piles they collected.

Cleanups don’t only occur in the spring and fall. On the crisp morning of Wednesday, January 13, 2016, volunteers from Xylem Watermark helped CRF cleanup Briar Creek, one of many potent trash sources in Charlotte. Notably, this group of volunteers came out not only from their local Charlotte office but other U.S. and international offices, including Chicago, Virginia, China, and Germany!


Volunteers worked quickly as they split up into two groups removing trash from just upstream of Monroe Road down past Randolph Road and along the park adjacent to Mint Museum. Volunteers climbed through thick overgrowth and some briar patches to reach the litter caught high in the branches due to recent flooding in Charlotte.


After only a few hours and their great work, 1,000 pounds of trash was happily removed from Briar Creek. Volunteers removed a couple of shopping carts from the creek, though notably and fortunately less than our 15 cart record back in 2014. Over 30 bags of miscellaneous debris, primarily consisting of plastic bags, cans, and bottles, were removed as well. Other items of interest included a working bicycle, luggage, IDs, and tires.

We can’t thank our volunteers enough for their time and efforts to help keep our creeks and river clean!

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