Volunteers remove more than 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Organized cleanup a monumental success as 45 volunteers remove 95 bags, 27 tires, and much more
A group of 45 volunteers removed approximately 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree on Saturday.
The group congregated in two places – Taylors Creek access on the upper lake and White Oak access by Clearwater Cove Marina on the lower lake. Throughout the morning, boats spread out to various islands and beach sections previously identified as needing attention. The worst areas were low areas behind sand bars, which trap trash after high water recedes.
Bags, gloves, Gatorade, and trash collection were supplied by Palmetto Pride and by Duke Energy via Clyde McFadden. At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, cleanup participants congregated at Dutchman Creek Marina for lunch. Labors were also rewarded by a generous donation from SweetWater Brewing Company.
- 95 bags total (more to come from Buck Hill landing)
- 27 tires, including one with a rim from a tractor trailer
- Multiple chairs
- Dozens of tennis balls
- Coke bottle from 1979
- Large electric toy Jeep
Some volunteers made their contribution in the days leading up to the Saturday cleanup. Additionally, volunteer Larry Risvold cleaned up Buck Hill Landing Monday morning. Larry had organized a successful cleanup in May and has for years been doing cleanups on his own and with friends around the lake. He and the rest of the Lake Wateree Covekeepers were integral to making this a success!
Many thanks also to the Lake Wateree Homeowners Association (WHOA), Lake Wateree Association (LWA) and Johnny Deal, who took many of the pictures you will see below!
Volunteers gathering and readying to launch at Taylors Creek access.
Volunteers on the lower lake show off their first trash haul.
Bil Stroup loads up his trash to be shuttled back and gives the boat a push off.
Larry Risvold and Clyde McFadden ponder which area to hit next.
Riverkeeper Sam Perkins shows why tires are so important to remove. They disintegrate and send harmful chemicals into the environment. This large tractor trailer tire and rim were quite the challenge, even with three people lifting!
On the lower lake, the final boat pulls in!
The first wave of trash on the lower lake.
The final trash haul on the lower lake.
Unloading trash at the upper lake base.
Deb Wingert loads up trash.
The initial trash haul at Taylors Creek access.
The final trash haul at Taylors Creek access.
Enjoying food and SweetWater at Dutchman Creek Marina after the cleanup!