The Big Spring Clean  (formerly called "Big Sweep")​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​**This event will be held rain or shine!**

Volunteer for The Big Spring Clean! Help improve local streams and lakes in Charlotte-Mecklenburg!  Each year, about 500 volunteers remove an average of 10 tons of trash! Volunteers have fun, make a big difference, and learn the importance of taking care of our local waterway​s. ​

Prizes for "Big Spring Clean" Top Volunteers

​When:     May 13, 2017

Time:     9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration:     Please register here

Bring:     Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

Clothing:     Old clothes that can get wet and dirty, sturdy boots or shoes.

Provided:     Trash bags, gloves, snacks, and water

All children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Staffed Locations:
Family Friendly Sites (All ages welcome)
Campbell Creek Greenway - 2116 Margaret Wallace Rd. (Charlotte)​   Get Directions
Irwin Creek Greenway (Ray’s) - 329 N. Irwin Ave. (Charlotte), Irwin Avenue Elementary School  Get Directions​
McMullen Creek Greenway - 8135 Pineville-Matthews Rd. (Charlotte)  ​Get Directions 
Little Sugar Creek Greenway at the Metropolitan - 1127 E. 4​th Street G​et Directions​ or 727 Charlottetowne Avenue (Target Parking Garage – SECOND DECK OF GARAGE ONLY)   Get Directions​
Irwin Creek Greenway (Revolution Sports Academy) - 1225 Remount Rd. (Charlotte)  Get Directions 

Access Difficult (Children 10 and up)​ 

Upper Lake Wylie (B.Y.O.K.-Bring Your Own Kayak) - 10012 Moores Chapel Loop (Charlotte)  Get Directions
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve - 6221 Sample Road - Picnic Area (Huntersville)  Get Directions
Berry Hill Nature Preserve  - 9791 Walkers Ferry Road (Charlotte)  Get Directions

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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.  

Questions? Contact Deania Russo, Mecklenburg County Senior Environmental Specialist, 980-​722-8881,  deania.russo@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.​​​