​The Big Spring Clean (Formerly Big Sweep)​

We are looking forward to hosting The Big Spring Clean on March 26, 2022, 9am-12pm, as the finale to Creek Week! We will have staff at the following locations to hold a County-wide litter pickup of our local water ways: 

If you are interested in participating, please register. More site-specific information will be sent to those that register a couple of days prior to the event. In the meantime, if you have any questions contact Ashley.Smith@MeckNC.gov.

Questions? Contact:

Ashley Smith

Mecklenburg County Environmental Specialist III​

The Big Spring Clean Logo.



Meeting Place




Campbell Creek Greenway

2116 Margaret Wallace Rd.

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McMullen Creek Greenway

8135 Pineville-Matthews Rd.

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Little Sugar Creek Greenway
at the Metropolitan (Wendy’s)

727 Charlottetowne Avenue
 (Target Parking Garage)

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Antiquity/South Prong
Rocky River Greenway

859 South Street

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Irvins Creek @ Matthews Independence Pointe

9614 Independence Point Pkwy

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Briar Creek @ Methodist Home Recreation Center​ 3200 Shamrock Drive​

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McIntyre Creek @ Hornets
Nest Park

6301 Beatties Ford Road

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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 showcases the event and thisvideo from The Big Spring Clean 2017!


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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram