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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

November 18, 2002


More than 1,000 Volunteers Cleaned Creeks, Streams and Lakeshores

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County's Water Quality Program has received an award for its work in cleaning up North Carolina's waterways.   The North Carolina Big Sweep organization presented the award to the Water Quality Program, for generating more volunteers for Big Sweep 2002 in Mecklenburg County than in any of the previous 16 years of the Big Sweep event.

In September, 1,018 Mecklenburg County volunteers turned out for Big Sweep 2002 to pick up trash along creeks, streams and lakeshores.  More than 40,000 pounds of trash were removed from more than 120 miles of shoreline.  Items collected included hundreds of tires, plastic foam, a refrigerator, an engine block, lumber, carpet, and much more.

The plaque is on display in the offices of the Water Quality Program at the Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte. 

"To have so many people turn out for Big Sweep is a very encouraging sign about how our citizens regard their environmental duties," says Rusty Rozzelle, director of the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program.  "As the number of volunteers goes up, it shows more people are taking an active interest in clean water - and want to do something about it."

For the past decade, the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program has organized this annual statewide event in Mecklenburg County.  Big Sweep is an ideal opportunity for citizens to get involved and take a stand against water pollution.  Big Sweep 2003 will be held on September 20, 2003.  Citizens are encouraged to mark it on their calendar next year and take part.

For more information or to register as a future Big Sweep volunteer, call the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program at 704-336-5500.  You can also check the Web site

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