Cheers to our Volunteers

Leo Caplanides
Leo.Caplanides@CharlotteNC.gov
1/19/2021

From stream cleanups to tree plantings and storm drain markings, there are many ways that volunteers partner with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services to reduce pollution and ensure that our waterways are as clean as possible. Although 2020 was a challenging year, more than 2,000 dedicated groups and individuals made a difference in our community by participating in Storm Water Services volunteer events and activities.

We would like to take a moment to thank each volunteer and recognize our 2020 Volunteer Groups of the Year.

Adopt-A-Stream - The Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter has helped to substantially improve our waterways over the past year. They completed two cleanups at their adopted section of a cove off Mountain Island Lake, one cleanup at Little Sugar Creek and another at Irwin Creek. The group even went a step further to request a chemical kit to test the water quality of Little Sugar Creek and Mountain Island Lake. In total, their efforts removed over 700 pounds of trash from our waterways, totaling over 10 hours of volunteer work. Thank you Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter for your commitment to keeping our waterways as clean as possible.

Storm Drain Marking – Boy Scout Troop 502

Prior to the stay-at-home order in early March 2020, Boy Scout Troop 502 visited the Weston Glen and Winghurst neighborhoods near Six Mile Creek to mark storm drains. The troop marked 102 drains letting residents in those neighborhoods know "That only rain goes down the storm drain." Thank you Troop 502 for doing your part to keep our waterways clean.

Tree Maintenance - Girl Scout Troop 2897

Girl Scout Troop 2897, under the leadership of Ilona Silva, has been a part of our Tree Maintenance program since 2018. This past fall, they helped maintain 200 young trees planted along Briar Creek in Charlotte. These trees were planted in 2016, as a part of our Creek ReLeaf program to reforest the floodplain. Thanks to Troop 2897, these trees have a better chance of surviving to maturity. Storm Water Services appreciates their volunteer work in the community.

If you would like to volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in 2021, please visit our volunteer web page to learn about current opportunities and to sign up. Any changes or restrictions to our programs due to COVID-19 will be posted on there as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All volunteers under the age of 18 must sign the Youth Participation Waiver to participate in each event or program. Children 15 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Our Volunteers!

Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter, BSA Troop 502, and Girl Scout Troop 2897.