Join Riversweep and make a difference
In response to the Letter to the Editor, published Aug. 5 in the Lake Wylie Pilot, “Bottle bill would help our shores.”
The bottle and can deposit fee Mr. Stevens proposes is an interesting idea for cleaning up Lake Wylie and the Catawba.
But what should be done about all the other junk, trash, garbage and debris that ends up in the lake? Auto tires, broken docks, gas grills, propane tanks, lawn furniture, broken buoys, car bumpers, kitchen appliances, boat hulls and hundreds of bags of assorted trash and recyclables are collected every October during the annual Riversweep clean up event. It’s hard to image how any of this stuff makes it way into our beautiful lake. But we can stop it if each and every one of us takes actions.
Volunteering your time on Oct. 4 is one way to start. You can join the hundreds of people who give one morning out of the year to care for their lake and their community – more than 800 showed up last year at one of 14 volunteer sites set up around the lake. Full details about this family-friendly event are on the website lakewylieriversweep.com.
But does an annual clean up really make a difference? We think it does, based on the reduction in collected trash we track year after year.
What’s even more effective is when people get involved in ongoing programs and volunteer efforts to stop litter pollution in our waterways and communities: public awareness programs like Stow it, don’t throw it sponsored by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission; volunteer opportunities offered by Keep York County Beautiful, Rock Hill Clean and Green and York County Solid Waste Collection and Recycling; anti-litter programs offered by Palmetto Pride; and many more ways that, as individuals, we can stop litter from happening.
Mr. Stevens, I hope you can join us for Riversweep, along with the readers of the Lake Wylie Pilot. One person can definitely make a difference. An entire community can change our world.
Lake Wylie Marine commissioner