Volunteers poured into more than a dozen sites all along Lake Wylie on Saturday for Riversweep – the annual cleanup event that was as much about safety as it was aesthetics.
“We get something new every year, and a lot of it,” said Joe Stowe, executive director of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission. “This year it’s been a lot of natural debris, a lot of tree trunks, a lot of bushes.”
Ellen Goff, leader of the Lake Wylie Covekeepers, said volunteers were using good judgment in bringing in large chunks of wood and other items likely brought into the lake from flooding upstream earlier this year. While not technically trash, they were items that needed attention, she said.
“I don’t know how much cleaner that makes it, but it certainly makes it safer,” Goff said. “Those are items that make it more dangerous for navigating the lake. We want the lake to be clean, but we also want it to be safe.”
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Volunteer cleanup crews also found many of the usual items – stacks of old tires and a small mountain of trash bags were at Buster Boyd Access area and the other 13 Riversweep sites. By noon Saturday, there already were two sailboats brought in to be trashed.
For more on this year’s Riversweep tally, check for updates at lakewyliepilot.com.