September 12, 2003
N.C. BIG SWEEP IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY
Charlotte, NC - Pick up a bag, put on some gloves and help sweep Mecklenburg County waterways clean on Saturday, September 20. It's North Carolina Big Sweep - a day for citizens to help restore the beauty and function of our creeks, streams, lakes, and other waterways.
Volunteers can report to one of the following thirteen sites 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
· Mountain Island Lake - Riverbend Access: Off Highway 16, Gaston County
· Torrence Creek Greenway: Bradford Hill Lane
· Copperhead Island: 15200 Soldier Road
· Irwin Creek Greenway: 329 North Irwin Avenue
Volunteers will be provided with trash bags and instructions from a site coordinator. They are asked to collect what litter they can from the stream channel and report any questionable or oversized litter.
N.C. Big Sweep is an annual, statewide event that calls volunteers to action to remove trash and debris from creeks, lakes and rivers. For more than a decade, the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program has organized this effort in Mecklenburg County. Last year, more than a thousand volunteers collected more than 16 tons of trash.
N.C. Big Sweep is an ideal opportunity for citizens, church groups, trade organizations, school clubs, etc. to get involved and take a stand against water pollution. Litter is deadly to wildlife that eats it or becomes entangled in it. It's also a human health hazard when it attracts mosquitoes and rodents and contaminates our water supply.
For more information or to register as a N.C. Big Sweep volunteer, call the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program at 704-336-5500 or check the Web site
For results: Media can call 1-800-27-SWEEP (1-800-277-9337) between 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. on September 20 for North Carolina and Mecklenburg County results. The voicemail will be updated throughout the weekend as results come in from the counties.