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Briar Creek Cleanup and Rain Barrel Rollout a Sweeping Success!

Briar Creek Cleanup and Rain Barrel Rollout a Sweeping Success!

Approximately 3,000 pounds of trash cleaned out, dozen rain barrels sold!

Briar Creek Cleanup and Rain Barrel Rollout a Sweeping Success!

With some elbow grease, CRF Board Member Bill White and Wells Fargo's Melissa Stagg freed up this shopping cart.

For three hours on Saturday morning, April 26, 2014, a group of 25 volunteers met at the Mint Museum and cleaned up Briar Creek between Monroe and Providence Roads. Final estimate: 3,000 pounds!

Thank you to the volunteers, many of which came representing multiple organizations:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Charlotte School of Law
  • HP
  • Bank of America
  • Moore & Van Allen

We also had Coca-Cola Bottling there for our rain barrel rollout. They donated syrup barrels and helped retrofit them with a kit to make great rain barrels, which were sold (and still available) as a fundraiser for us at the great deal of $40!

Highlights and By the Numbers:

  • 35 bags of trash
  • 15 metal shopping carts (from: Walmart, Food Lion, Winn Dixie, Target)
  • 10 tires (some industrial and some with rims)
  • 1 keg
  • 1 20" TV (from when they had knobs and three dimensions)
  • Countless golf balls
  • 1 lawn chair
  • 1 pair of sweat pants


Thank you to all who came out and helped keep this trash from getting into Sugar Creek and ultimately the free-flowing Catawba River in South Carolina!  We'll have plenty more cleanup opportunities


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2014 Briar Creek Cleanup Collage

Charlotte School of Law Briar Creek Cleanup

 Coca Cola Bottling drilling a hole in a rain barrel

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