Thank you to all the volunteers that came out for the Big Spring Clean!
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?
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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 that dissolved in 2015. In 2016, CMSWS renamed the event The Big Spring Clean and has moved the event to take place in the spring.
Can't participate, but want to get involved? For updates about The Big Spring Clean, other volunteer opportunities, and local stormwater and water quality activities, visit our
volunteer page and follow WaterWatchers on
For more information about The Big Spring Clean event, contact:
Deania.Russo@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.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.
- May 12 - Stream Clean-up, 9:00am-12:00pm, 9216 East W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte
- June 9 - Stream Clean-up, 9:00am-12:00pm, 900 September Lane, Charlotte
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.