UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash
Student volunteers clean-up coves near Riverbend Access on Mountain Island Lake.
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.
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.
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!