Great Falls River Sweep | Nov. 9

Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9 AM-12 PM

Check-in and distribution of supplies will be from 8:30-9 AM. Cleanup will begin at 9 AM and boats will return to the landings promptly at 12 PM.

Meeting Location/Check-In:

Meet at the Debutary Landing Access Area. Great Falls Home Town Association (GFHTA) organizers will be there to distribute cleaning supplies, raffle tickets and to direct volunteers and boat captains. Volunteers cleaning up the shoreline will be assigned to boat captains at the launch site. Porta-Johns will be located at landings.

We ask all volunteers to sign GFHTA and Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation waivers before we get started . If you are under 18 years old, you will need a parent/guardian to sign for you.

Many Great Prizes will be raffled off while the work is being done, including a new kayak. You must be present to win.

Free River Sweep gifts will be given at check-in on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Site Coordinators: Mike Vaughn and Glinda Coleman


Debutary Landing Access Area, — from the intersection of Chester Ave and Highway 21/97-Head southeast on US-21 S/Chester Ave (3.1 miles) turn left on Old Rocky Creek Road (S-20-268)for 1.5 miles, turn left on Debutary Access Road.

What to Wear

Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes that can get wet and/or dirty. We always encourage long pants and tall socks! It may be chilly in the morning, so we recommend you dress in layers. You will also be asked to wear a life jacket when on the boats.

Other Things to Note:

  • This is not a rain or shine event. GFHTA will postpone the Riversweep until Nov. 16 in case of bad weather. The postponement will be announced on the GFHTA Facebook page.
  • For those coming from longer distances, wireless service is pretty good but make sure your phones are charged all the way!
  • If you have supplies from previous River Sweeps, grabbers and gloves, please bring them along for this River Sweep
  • We are asking veteran boat captains to sport their Boat Captain hats from the last River Sweep. We have hats available for new boat captains!

Great Falls Hometown Association Riversweep Volunteers have made tremendous progress at cleaning Stumpy Pond and have removed tons and tons of legacy trash (trash that has been collecting since the 1940s).