On Saturday, October 3, more than 1,300 volunteers spent their morning cleaning up local lakes and streams. They worked across the basin from 41 different sites. From the NC mountains to Lake Wateree, a huge impact was made.

How huge? 61,558 pounds of trash were removed from our waterways!

Thank you to all of our volunteers, site captains, boat captains, partners, and sponsors. Together, we made a positive impact on our local environment.

Trash by the numbers:

  • 1,600+ bags of trash
  • 180+ tires
  • 250+ pieces of lumber
  • and lots of miscellaneous items!

The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group was the presenting sponsor of Catawba Riversweep 2020. By bringing together water utilities from North Carolina and South Carolina as well as Duke Energy, the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group strives to find innovative water resource management strategies to extend our shared water supply and protect the ecological integrity of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. We’re grateful for their support.

Charlotte ToolBank was our logistics partner, who helped us organize and pack supplies for each volunteer site. T-shirts were made from recycled materials by Recover Brands.

Our recycling partners were Coca-Cola Consolidated and Envision Charlotte.

The Catawba Riversweep model was based on the Lake Wylie Riversweep model. We’re grateful for the foundation that the Lake Wylie Riversweep Planning Committee and the Lake Wylie Marine Commission provided.

We also want to thank our regional partners like the Lake James Environmental Association, Friends of Lake Norman State Park, Lake Wateree Association, Great Falls Home Town Association and PalmettoPride.

Thank you to our nonprofit partners:

  • Keep McDowell Beautiful
  • Lindsay Pettus Greenway
  • Anne Springs Close Greenway
  • Keep Charlotte Beautiful
  • Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • American Rivers

And, thank you to our local government partners:

  • City of Hickory
  • City of Rock Hill
  • Lancaster Stormwater Services
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services

We invite you to share your pictures and stories from the day by emailing diana@catawbariverkeeper.org.