September 20, 2005
MECKLENBURG COUNTY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR N.C. BIG SWEEP
Charlotte, NC - Clean streams and lakes mean a cleaner source of drinking water and a more attractive community. You can help by joining in North Carolina Big Sweep on October 1. Volunteers are needed to help clean up Mecklenburg County's creeks, streams, lakes, and other waterways.
Volunteers can report to one of the following sites between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Because several events are going on that day at McAlpine Creek Greenway on Monroe Road that location has been cancelled. The eleven Big Sweep sites are:
• 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
• Copperhead Island at McDowell Park: 15200 Soldier Road
• Freedom Park: 1908 East Boulevard
• Ramsey Creek Park: 18441 Nantz Road
• Blythe Landing: 15901 NC Highway 73
• Torrence Creek Greenway: Bradford Hill Lane
• Irwin Creek Greenway: 329 North Irwin Avenue
N.C. Big Sweep is an annual, statewide event. For more than a decade, the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program has organized the local effort. Last year, more than 850 volunteers collected more than 28,000 pounds of trash from Mecklenburg County waterways.
Big Sweep is a great way for citizens, youth groups, religious organizations and trade groups to fight against water pollution. Volunteers will be given trash bags, gloves, snacks, water and instructions from a site coordinator.
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: On October 1, media can call Erin Oliverio at 980-721-3825 for Mecklenburg County results and information. For statewide results, call 1-800-27-SWEEP (1-800-277-9337) between 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. The voicemail will be updated throughout the weekend as results come in from the counties.