Riversweep on Lake Wylie continues to set records.
More volunteers than ever – 1,100 participants – came out on Saturday to clean the lake during the 11th annual event.
Lakekeeper Ellen Goff said Saturday that the 13 sites were reporting less trash overall. By Sunday, she said those numbers were confirmed. Goff also said there was a 20 percent reduction from last year.
“I think it not only speaks of Riversweep, but Adopt-A-Stream, Adopt-A-Highway and other programs – and that people are less tolerant,” Goff said of the event’s success to clean the lake and raise awareness.
She credited Duke management for getting derelict boathouses removed or fixed “to help eliminate some of the Styrofoam trash.”
This was the first year nine sites had dumpsters, instead of everything coming to Buster Boyd Access Area. In all, volunteers collected 16 tons of trash and more than 100 bags of recyclable trash.
“The fact that so many people come out to work on behalf of the lake, we should work hard to honor that with programs that make a difference,” Goff said, saying future project additions to Riversweep could include planting trees and shoreline work to stabilize soil in buffer zones.
“As Riversweep veteran, John Killian, said to me at Buster Boyd, ‘We didn’t find any trophies this year,’ meaning the truly strange junk, but it’s all good.”
By the numbers
1 boat seat
2 propane tanks
2 dock ladders
1 bottle of vodka, unopened
1 handicap commode
3 sets of window shades
7 chairs and an umbrella
1 artificial potted palm
1 8-foot livestock gate