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Large turout expected for Big Sweep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 23, 2013

Big Sweep, a one-day cleanup of Charlotte-Mecklenburg creeks and lakes, takes place this Saturday. Storm Water Services has been taking volunteer registration information for the past month and the number of volunteer registrations is up significantly this year.

Who:    Volunteers including individuals, religious or civic groups, school clubs and trade organizations
What:   Collect litter from local creek and lake shorelines
When:  Saturday, September 28th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why:    Litter is ugly and can be deadly to wildlife. It can also contaminate our water supply.
 
Staffed locations:
Site
Meeting Place
Get Directions
Campbell Creek Greenway
Margaret Wallace Rd. Parking Lot
Irwin Creek Greenway
Ray's Splash Planet
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
Picnic Area
Mallard Creek Greenway
210 East Mallard Creek Church Rd (Kirk Farm Fields)
McMullen Creek Greenway
8135 Pineville-Matthews Rd Parking Lot
Stewart Creek
2617 Roslyn Ave.

 

This year, Storm Water Services has partnered with Solid Waste Services to try recycling at each of the Big Sweep locations. If recycling glass, plastic bottles and aluminum cans turns out to be easily accomplished by the volunteers, the recycling efforts will be expanded for future events.
At the staffed sites, Big Sweep participants will be provided with trash bags, gloves, snacks, water and instructions from a site coordinator. Children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Volunteers can also get a group together, choose to clean up a different segment of stream or shoreline, and report their results on the Storm Water Services website.
“This is our biggest event of the year, “says Water Quality Educator, Erin Oliverio. “We are thrilled that people are signing up in large groups to participate this year.”
Register to participate at a staffed site by calling Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services at 311 or at http://stormwater.charmeck.org.