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Chatham commissioners urge participation in Big Sweep Day at Jordan Lake

Posted Monday, September 26, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - In a proclamation that says everyone should “contribute to keeping our environment clean and healthy by working to preserve clean water and the natural beauty of our surroundings,” the Chatham County Board of Commissioners declared Oct. 1 to be Big Sweep Day. As part of the event, Clean Jordan Lake (CJL) is planning a massive attack on trash along the Jordan Lake shoreline on Oct. 1 as part of NC Big Sweep activities taking place across the state and seeks volunteers to help.

Brian Bock, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, emphasized that some litter can last hundreds of years in our environment. “Litter can hurt our ability to recruit or retain businesses if major water sources are impaired by trash. Jordan Lake also is a major tourism and recreation area, which brings us revenue from items bought locally by visitors. We all benefit from Jordan Lake and have a responsibility to keep it clean.”

Fran DiGiano, co-founder of Clean Jordan Lake, said, “Jordan Lake serves as a water supply for 180,000 citizens. For this reason, our goal is to maintain a pristine shoreline, consistent with the vital importance of this water to our communities. Litter is not just about keeping things clean and pretty. Natural habitats are disrupted and wildlife can be injured by entanglement or even worse, can die by ingesting litter.”

The Big Sweep fall cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), a worldwide effort to rid our environment and waterways of debris. Approximately 100 countries all around the world participate in the ICC. All 100 counties in North Carolina are expected to participate in the Big Sweep component of the ICC.

Clean Jordan Lake is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the natural habitat, beautifying the shoreline and protecting water quality by removal of trash and litter.

To help clean Jordan Lake on Oct. 1, register at

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