Volunteers needed to clean creeks
Leo Caplanides
Volunteers needed to clean creeks

The Charlotte area is home to more than 3,000 miles of streams and numerous acres of lakes, ponds and wetlands. Unfortunately, many of these surface waters accumulate trash over time, posing a threat to aquatic life.

To help improve our waterways, about 500 volunteers remove an average of 10 tons of trash from area lakes and streams at the annual Big Spring Clean, one of several events occurring during Creek Week.

You can help make a difference in your community by joining the cause. Sign up today for this year’s event, which will take place on March 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at seven staffed locations.

Volunteers are asked to wear old clothing that can get wet and dirty and sturdy boots or shoes. Trash bags, gloves, snacks and water will be provided. All children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone under the age of 18 must have a guardian signed waiver.

For a complete list of locations and information on how to register, visit the Big Spring Clean web page.

In addition to the Big Spring Clean, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services offers several family-friendly volunteer events year-round, including Second Saturday volunteer events, the Adopt-a-Stream program and much more.