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Public Participation and Involvement

Adopt-A-Stream:  Involves citizen groups in stream clean up efforts by allowing them to adopt a section of stream that they walk at a minimum of twice a year to remove trash and identify illicit discharges that are referred to staff for elimination.

A sign indicating the name of the adoption group is erected at the nearest street crossing. Adopt-A-Stream has been in effect since 1991 with more than
1,200 stream cleanups in which volunteers removed more than
250,000 pounds of trash.

 Adopt-A-Stream Sign


Big Sweep: Involves citizens in an annual fall clean up event for the removal of trash from streams and lakes, which is conducted as part of the statewide "Involves citizens in an annual fall clean up event for the removal of trash from streams and lakes, which is conducted as part of the statewide "Big Sweep" campaign. The event is held the first Saturday of October every year.

Report Pollution Hotline: Citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County may report pollution in creeks, streams or lakes, 24 hours a day at the designated number during business hours and 911 during non-business hours.

Storm Drain Marking: Involving volunteers in the placement of decals. on storm drain hoods with the message "Do Not Dump – Drains To Creek." This volunteer program has been effect since 1994 with more than 20,000 local storm drains marked.

Storm Drain marker
Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC):  Established to review policies, capital and operational programs and appeals for the storm water programs of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. SWAC reviews storm water management policies, long-range plans and budgets to make recommendations or offer comments to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. The advisory board also hears appeals and decides on erosion control violations, service charges, credits and adjustments. SWAC Membership is by nomination and subsequent appointment by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, Charlotte City Council, Charlotte Mayor or a Town Board.
 
For more information on the Public Participation/Involvement Programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, please contact Mecklenburg County Senior Environmental Specialist Erin Hall at 704-336-7980.