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On Saturday, April 16th 68 volunteers removed more than 3.5 tons of trash from the shores of Lake Wateree.

After a winter filled with disastrous flooding leaving bridges out and tons of trash behind, Lake Wateree was in desperate need of a spring cleaning. On Saturday, April 16th, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation hosted a Riversweep to cleanup Lake Wateree with the generous support of PalmettoPride.


Accesses at Wateree Creek, White Oak and newly added as a third site June Creek served as meeting points for volunteers and boats to collect cleaning supplies and receive direction to numerous previously scouted sites.


Although the morning was quite brisk, a total of 68 volunteers and 19 boats from all over Lake Wateree and beyond turned out in full force for this cause, including representatives from Fairfield Co. Sherriff Department and DNR. By the end of the morning, those volunteers collected 212 bags of trash, 23 tires, scrap metal and wood, broken buoys, chunks of Styrofoam and other miscellaneous items, for a whopping total of 7,020 pounds of trash!


Following the cleanup, volunteers met at the residence of the McFaddens, who for the second time graciously opened up their home and hosted a shrimp boil for dozens of hard-working volunteers.


As the final reservoir of the Catawba-Wateree River basin, consistent cleanups are key to preserving the quality and beauty of the lake and river. Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation plans to host another Riversweep at the end of the summer.

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