It was a beautiful day for a cleanup this past Saturday on Lake Wateree. The water levels were low in preparation for hurricane Irma, which stranded some of our boat captains’ boats, but they came out anyway and hitched a ride with other boat captains. We had 120 volunteers join us at three different launch sites around Lake Wateree at 9 AM. The water levels revealed hidden legacy trash, and allowed us to collect more trash than usual. Volunteers cleaned up until they literally ran out of trash bags (of which we had many). We estimated 10,195 pounds of trash were collected for the Riversweep. Not bad for a Saturday morning!
After the clean-up, many of the volunteers headed over to Clyde McFadden’s home for a BBQ lunch and a gorgeous lake view. Clyde invited a DJ to provide the music, and had a canoe filled with beer! Raffle tickets were given away at each launch site, and winners were announced after lunch. Over $1,000 in raffle prizes and cash giveaways were donated by local businesses. We were truly grateful to the community for donating so much time and gifts to our Riversweep.
Last fall, we had 86 volunteers remove 5,490 pounds of trash during the Lake Wateree Riversweep. This year, we had about 35 more volunteers, and twice as many pounds of trash removed from the shorelines. We can’t wait to see how many volunteers come out for the next Riversweep!
Thank you to all who help keep Lake Wateree clean and healthy for everyone to enjoy.