Wateree Volunteers Remove 3,400 Pounds of Trash

Forty-five volunteers turn out to two sites for second annual Wateree Riversweep

Wateree Volunteers Remove 3,400 Pounds of Trash

Volunteers with their haul at the Wateree Creek (upper) and White Oak (lower) accesses

On the gorgeous morning of Saturday, September 19, volunteers strategically spread throughout Lake Wateree to remove bottles, cans, tires, furniture and other trash accumulated over the year -- as well as decades -- prior.

Accesses at Wateree Creek and White Oak (Clearwater Cove) served as the bases. Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major Larry Risvold -- the CRF 2015 Alice V. Battle Volunteer of the Year recipient -- had divided the lake into sections on a map to efficiently deploy volunteers. By the end of the morning, those volunteers returned with 24 tires, 60 bags of trash, two futon mattresses, chairs, a large warning buoy, and miscellaneous other items.

The 2014 end-of-summer cleanup on Lake Wateree had the exact same number of volunteers and netted 6,500 pounds. Both end-of-summer cleanups followed small May cleanups. The difference? Removed legacy trash. Wateree had not had large, organized cleanups for years prior to 2014. Consistent cleanups not only remove new trash but trash that accumulated over decades. The impact is readily visible.

Following the cleanup, volunteers gathered at the residence of the McFaddens, who graciously opened up their home and cooked out for dozens.

There are many people to thank for making such a great cleanup possible!

  • The event would not at all be possible without great volunteers, especially Risvold, Patti Ingram and Bill Iskrzak for their help in planning. And of course, thank you to the McFaddens for providing a great incentive for a morning of hard work.
  • Palmetto Pride provided funds for t-shirts and cleanup supplies.
  • Duke Energy provided funds for the cookout.
  • SweetWater Brewing Company donated some delicious IPAs, pale ales and pilsners to enjoy following hard work.
  • CRF Members allowed CRF staff -- including new Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator -- to also help assemble such a cleanup (as well as provide for some other supplies). These cleanups require time, gas money, supplies and other costly inputs.

THANK YOU ALL! We'll be ready to do it again next summer!

Many more photos can be viewed here!


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