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Annual Lake Clean Up Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Riversweep(August 27, 2011) Plans are underway for Riversweep 2011 to be held on Saturday, October 1. This is the 10th year for the annual volunteer clean up of Lake Wylie shorelines, coves, and creeks, sponsored by Catawba Riverkeeper, Lake Wylie Covekeepers, and Lake Wylie Marine Commission. 

Over the years, what started as a small community project has grown into an event that last year attracted 1,000 volunteers who picked up litter and trash from one end of Lake Wylie to the other. And yet, one aspect remains constant – the tons of debris, junk and trash found in and around the lake.

Lake Wylie Covekeeper and Catawba Riverkeeper board member C.D. Collins has witnessed first hand the expansion of Riversweep, from the beginning. 

“When we started, people just wanted to do something to help the lake,” says Collins. “Year after year, they came out for the clean up and brought others with them. In the last few years, we’ve gotten the word out to even more people and it’s turned into one large operation.”

“I hope that as Riversweep continues to grow year after year, we may get to the point where we find less trash in the lake,” says Lake Wylie Marine Commission chairman Smith “Smitty” Hanks, Jr.  “It will come when the public awareness of the litter problem reaches a point where it’s not tolerated anymore.”

This year, one of the exciting upgrades to Riversweep is on-line volunteer registration. Just go to the event website at www.lakewylieriversweep.com and click on Registration.  The first 1,000 volunteers who pre-register will receive a free t-shirt, lunch after the clean up and will be entered in a prize drawing.

Participants may sign up as 1) individuals, 2) a group, or 3) boat captains.  The event is especially appealing to student groups, scout troops, and faith organizations that want to perform community volunteer service.

This family-friendly event includes volunteers of all ages and abilities. Those 18 years of age and younger must have a parent or guardian signature on their release forms for participation in the event.

At 1:00 PM, an after party will be held beside T-Bone’s On The Lake at the Buster Boyd Access Area in Lake Wylie, with live music and exhibitors focused on the lake’s environment and wildlife habitat. Food Lion will provide lunch for registered volunteers. Prize drawings will take place after lunch.

Please refer to the Riversweep website at www.lakewylieriversweep.com for complete details on the event.

10th Anniversary


Saturday, October 1, 2011
9 AM until 1 PM with after party until 4 PM
Volunteer one morning out of the year for the annual clean up of Lake Wylie.

Get started NOW. Pre-register online at www.lakewylieriversweep.com
Sign up as an individual or as a group. If you own a boat, please consider bringing it and pre-registering as a boat captain.

The first 1,000 volunteers who pre-register will receive a free Riversweep T-shirt and lunch after the clean up, and will be entered in a prize drawing. If you have not pre-registered, but want to participate, just show up at 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 1, at any of the 11 sites listed below. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a T-shirt for participants who are not pre-registered.

Site captains at each location will supply volunteers with trash bags, work gloves, water and an area to work. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and sturdy shoes. Prepare to get dirty!

Riversweep Volunteer Clean Up Sites:

Sites open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 1

•  Allison Creek Access


•  Harbortowne Marina

•  Buster Boyd Bridge Access


•  River Hills Marina

•  Copperhead Island


•  Seven Oaks Bridge-SC side

•  Dales’s Landing, Belmont


•  Tailrace Marina on

•  Ebenezer Park, Rock Hill


      Tuckaseegee Rd., Mt. Holly

•  Gaston Wildlife, Southpoint


•  Tega Cay Marina

At 1:00 p.m., come to Buster Boyd Bridge Access where all registered volunteers will enjoy a free lunch, grand prize drawings, live music and exhibits until 4 PM.

For more information, click on www.lakewylieriversweep.com or call Catawba Riverkeeper at 704-679-9494

Sponsored by:

    Lake Wylie Covekeepers
    Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
      T-Bone’s on the Lake
    Lake Wylie Marine Commission

Catawba Riverkeepers        


Lake Wylie Marine Commission                      

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