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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

September 5, 2002


Charlotte, NC – Pick up a bag, pull on some gloves and help sweep Mecklenburg County waterways clean.  Saturday, September 21, 2002, is BIG SWEEP DAY in Mecklenburg County and across North Carolina.  The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, the Charlotte City Council and the County's Water Quality Program urge all citizens to help restore the beauty and function of our creeks, streams and other waterways.  

North Carolina Big Sweep is an annual, statewide event that calls volunteers to action to remove trash and debris from creeks, lakes and rivers. For ten years, the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program has organized this effort in Mecklenburg County.  Last year was the County's biggest event to date, with more than 1,000 volunteers cleaning 82 miles of creeks and lakeshore.  They picked up about 32,500 pounds of trash.  

Big Sweep is an ideal opportunity for citizens to get involved and take a stand against water pollution.  To volunteer, citizens can report to one of the following locations on Saturday, September 21 anytime between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.:   

Campbell Creek Greenway:    2100 Margaret Wallace Road
Upper Little Sugar Creek Greenway:    700 Parkwood Avenue
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve:    5226 Sample Road
Lower McAlpine/McMullen Creek Greenway:    8100 Pineville-Matthews Road (Hwy. 51)
Mallard and Clark's Creek Greenway:    9801 Mallard Creek Road
McAlpine Creek Park:    8711 Monroe Road
McDowell Nature Preserve:    15222 York Road
Ramsey Creek Park:    18441 Nantz Road
Reedy Creek Park:    2900 Rocky River Road
Torrence Creek Greenway:    Bradford Hill Lane
Copperhead Island:    15200 Soldier Road
Irwin Creek Greenway:    329 North Irwin Avenue

For more information or to register as a 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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