NC Big Sweep opportunities in Orange County

Via the Town via my neighborhood listserve:


Goal: 25,000 volunteers across NC for Big Sweep's 25th Anniversary 

Big Sweep 2010Be one of 25,000 volunteers wanted for the 2011 NC Big Sweep's Silver Anniversary to clean up our watersheds, lakes and creeks during September and October! Litter and debris ruin the scenic beauty of North Carolina and pose threats to wildlife, water quality, pedestrians, traffic and tourism. 

Cleanup events abound in Orange County and across the state. Volunteers are needed to join in one of the organized events, or to lead friends, families, neighbors, club members, coworkers, churches or schools to clean up their small parts of the world. For Orange County information, contact Wendy Smith, Town of Chapel Hill Stormwater Management at 919-969-7246. See the Town's website for contact information and posted Volunteers who want to travel to other parts of North Carolina should contact the county coordinator listed at for directions and inclement weather plans. 

All volunteers must sign a Town liability waiver form and those under the age of 18 must have parental permission to participate, unless the event is part of a school classroom program. Those aged 14 and under must have adult leaders. Forms and data sheets are available online: groups sign a waiver & participation form, fill out the data sheet while collecting litter, snap a group photo, estimate weight and properly dispose of trash. Event leaders return paperwork to Chapel Hill's Stormwater Management Office for a chance to win gift certificates donated by Whole Foods. Trash bags, gloves and vests can be supplied by the Town upon request. 

NC Big Sweep is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, a global effort to remove trash from watersheds and waterways. The ICC and NC Big Sweep use collected data to develop litter prevention strategies. Since its inception in 1987 as "Beach Sweep", NC Big Sweep reports that more than 300,000 volunteers have retrieved over 10 million pounds of debris across our state.  

NC Big Sweep-Orange County Events 

Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2011 - Call for assignment 
NC Dept of Transportation "Litter Sweep" and Adopt-A-Highway for State roads 
For Orange County DOT office, contact Angela Tilson at 919-732-4330 or  

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 9 a.m. - Noon 
Cleanup on Morgan Creek. Contact Johnny Randall at 919-962-0522 or  

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 9 a.m. - Noon 
Eno River Cleanup Day. Cleanup on the Eno River from Ayr Mount to Gold Park in Hillsborough. 
Contact Terry Griffin at  

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 Register 8:30 a.m./Event 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 
National Public Lands Day/NC PlayDaze. Clean up Hillsborough's Fairview Park Area. 
Contact Anne Clark at 919-260-0949 or or visit  

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 9 a.m.-2 p.m. by boat or by land 
Clean Jordan Lake: Information and registration at  
All creeks from Chapel Hill and Carrboro flow into Jordan Lake. 

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Cleanup of Little River in Little River Park, Northern Orange County 
Contact Michelle Pesavento at 919-732-5505 or or 

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association - clean roads, paths and ditches (light litter) 
Contact David Caldwell at 919-357-1953 or or visit 

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 9 a.m.-Noon 
Carrboro Recreation and Parks Make a Difference Day! 
Cleanup will be in downtown Carrboro 
Contact Julie Collins at 919-938-7364 or 

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 10 a.m.-Noon 
Clean up Bolin Creek and Booker Creek at Rainbow Soccer Complex 
Cleland Road, Chapel Hill 
Contact Wendy Smith at 919-969-7246 or  

CONTACT: Wendy Smith 
Phone: 919-969-7246 




I got an email from Wendy Smith Friday that indicated there was a problem with the webpage - directions of where to meet are wrong.  She says they ask folks to go here instead:


Trish D'Arconte - Water Quality Specialist

Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Program

919-969-7202 /


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