UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash

Student volunteers clean-up coves near Riverbend Access on Mountain Island Lake.

UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash

UNCC students begin collecting trash at their first cove

UNC Charlotte students taking Biology this semester were tasked with a service learning project which included completing 6 hours of volunteer service with an organization of their choice.

When these students approached us about setting up a clean-up on Mountain Island Lake, we were happy to do it!

On the clear morning of Saturday, November 14th, UNC Charlotte students met CRF at Riverbend Access Area. Led by Lakekeeper Chuck Myers, students made their way to two “party coves,” which Chuck frequently patrols and finds to be a never ending spot for litter.  Earlier in the Fall, CRF hosted a clean-up in which volunteers cleaned these same two coves among others. Volunteers collected 5,750 pounds of trash that day. The county even came back after the event to clean-up and install trash cans to help alleviate the amount of litter on the ground.

UNCC Students on Boat

After a 10-minute boat ride, students arrived at the coves to pick up any new trash and legacy trash that was missed in the prior two clean-ups. At first, students didn’t see much but leaves and pieces of broken glass, but once they started looking, the trash was everywhere. Glass bottles, aluminum cans, chip bags, clothes, diapers, grills, shotgun shells and everything in between were found. Close to the shoreline and up the hill, mounds of trash were found in attempts to burn it.

In less than two hours, students removed 210 pounds of trash! These consistent clean-up efforts are essential to not only remove new trash but trash that has accumulated over decades.

UNCC Students

Thank you to the UNCC students for your efforts, Professor Tuan Cao for promoting volunteerism in your students as well as Mountain Khakis for sponsoring this clean-up!

Document Actions
Help Catawba Riverkeeper

Your River needs you as much as you need the River

Donate Here

Help in other ways

Report Pollution in the Catawba River

Help protect your River! 

Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution reportor to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

 
715 N. Church St., Suite 120 . Charlotte, NC 28202 . Phone: 704.679.9494 . Fax: 704.679.9559