Volunteer

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

​A lot of trash gets into 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! 

Help clean up streams and lakes by participating in a one day called The Big Spring Clean! Volunteers register for one of several stream or lake locations sponsored across Mecklenburg County. They gather on a Saturday morning to spend a few hours working together to collect trash out of streams and lakes. All supplies are provided. Each year, about 500 volunteers clean up an average of 10 tons of trash! 

Volunteers have fun, make a big difference, and learn the importance of taking care of our local waterways.

Be a part of the solution to water pollution!

When:     
May 13, 2017

Locations:     More information about several locations will be posted closer to the event. 


Time:     
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bring:     Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

Clothing:     Old clothes that can get wet and dirty

Provided:     Trash bags, gloves, snacks, and water

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

What's it like to participate?  ​
Watch this Videothat Central Piedmont Community College students made about their experience in our cleanup event formerly called "Big Sweep". 

History 
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 Spring 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.​