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Organized cleanup a monumental success as 45 volunteers remove 95 bags, 27 tires, and much more

Volunteers remove more than 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree

Lake Wateree cleanup volunteers and their trash hauls

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.

Trash highlights:

  • 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!

 

 Upper Lake Wateree volunteers ready to launch

 Volunteers gathering and readying to launch at Taylors Creek access.

Volunteers show off their trash haul at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

Volunteers on the lower lake show off their first trash haul.

 

Volunteer Bil Stroup loads up his trash to be shuttled back and gives the boat a push off at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

Bil Stroup loads up his trash to be shuttled back and gives the boat a push off.

 

Volunteers Larry Risvold and Clyde McFadden contemplate where to go next at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 Larry Risvold and Clyde McFadden ponder which area to hit next.

 

Riverkeeper Sam Perkins shows the disintegrated tire rubber on his hands after rolling it up to shore at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

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!

 

Final volunteer boat of the day arrives back with a major haul at White Oak access at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 On the lower lake, the final boat pulls in!

 

Initial lower lake trash haul (it grew with the final boat) at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 The first wave of trash on the lower lake.

 

Final lower lake trash haul at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 The final trash haul on the lower lake.

 

Unloading trash at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 Unloading trash at the upper lake base.

 

Loading up trash at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 Deb Wingert loads up trash.

 

Initial trash haul (it grew shortly after) at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 The initial trash haul at Taylors Creek access.

 

Final upper lake trash haul at the cleanup on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

 The final trash haul at Taylors Creek access.

 

Enjoying lunch after the cleanup at Dutchman Creek Marina on Lake Wateree on October 11, 2014

Enjoying food and SweetWater at Dutchman Creek Marina after the cleanup!

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