The Big Spring Clean (Formerly Big Sweep)

​​​​Next Big Spring Clean March 24, 2018

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Be part of the solution to water pollution!
An enormous amount of trash gets into our streams and lakes from storm drains, flooded yards, and illegal dumping. Trash degrades recreation areas, harms wildlife, and looks terrible for our community. We need your help!   ​

What's it like to participate?  ​
Watch this Video that students from Central Piedmont Community College made in 2009 about their experience in the annual clean up event formerly called Big Sweep and this video from The Big Spring Clean 2016!​

From the early 1990s until 2015, Charlotte​-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) hosted an annual one-day clean up event called Big Sweep. It was part of clean-up events coordinated across NC by the nonprofit NC Big Sweep which dissolved in 2015.  In 2016, CMSWS renamed the local event “The Big Spring Clean” and partnered with Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful​ to begin hosting it on the second Saturday in May each year. 

Can’t participate, but want to get involved?  
For updates about the Big Spr​ing Clean, other volunteer opportunities, and local stormwater and surface water quality activities, visit our Volunteer webpage and follow Water Watchers on Facebook, Twitter​ and Instagram.  


Deania Russo  
Mecklenburg County Senior Environmental Specialist


Second Saturday Cleanups​

Volunteer to keep our waterways clean every second Saturday! Staff will be at a different location every second Saturday of the month with supplies and snacks for volunteers. Each event will be held from 9:00am-12:00pm. The location of these events will be on this website as well at the CMSWS social media pages. There is no need to register, although if you have a large group please email Ashley.Smith@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov to ensure there will be enough supplies. ​​​

  • ​March 10 - Stream Cleanup, 9:00am-12:00pm, 3970 Bristol Drive, Charlotte
  • May 12 - Stream Clean-up, 9:00am-12:00pm, location TBA 

​Can't make it to a Second Saturday event? CMSWS can also offer one-time cleanup events for individuals or groups who want to cleanup a specific location on a particular date. If your group would like to take ownership of a stream and clean it regularly visit the Adopt-A-Stream​ page for more information.