We have had a busy spring Riversweep season. We had ten cleanups in two months that brought out 177 volunteers who collected an estimated 7500 pounds of trash! Our Riversweeps were on Lake Hickory, Fishing Creek Lake, and Lake Norman. We supported Riversweeps on Lake James, the South Fork River, and in Great Falls. We had four creek cleanups in Charlotte, our largest city in the basin, which means lots of generated waste.

Cleanups do so much to improve the quality of the river. They remove hazardous material from the water, and save wildlife from eating indigestible material or getting caught in unfortunate situations. They also remove boating hazards and restore the natural beauty of the lake. It is a community effort to maintain the quality of our lakes and river. We have dedicated community members on almost every lake who take on the task of planning and coordinating the cleanup efforts in their area. We could not have successful Riversweeps without their support and the commitment of our volunteers.

We want to thank all of our volunteers who came out to clean up the Catawba River, its lakes and tributaries, and especially those who took extra time to plan a Riversweep. Our volunteers are such an important part of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation!

Interested in being on a Riversweep Planning Committee? Contact our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Hillary Zorman at hillary@catawbariverkeeper.org.

Fall Riversweep dates are on the Volunteer page. Mark your calendar today!

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