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Volunteers sought for Jordan Lake cleanup slated for May 8

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Volunteers are needed for Clean Jordan Lake’s first volunteer event on Saturday, May 8, from 9 am to 2 pm in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Other groups providing support include the Highway Stormwater Program of the NC Department of Transportation, North Carolina Big Sweep and the Haw River Assembly.

Clean Jordan Lake is a new non-profit corporation founded by Tom Colson, an environmental consultant, and Fran DiGiano a professor of environmental engineering at the University of North Carolina.

Clean Jordan Lake’s mission is to remove trash and prevent further accumulation of it on the lake’s shoreline. The targeted shoreline for the cleanup is near the B. Everett Jordan Dam, where large amounts of trash tend to accumulate after being carried into the lake by the Haw River, New Hope Creek, and other tributaries during storms.

This cleanup is a follow up to a successful volunteer effort organized by the Haw River Assembly to remove trash on nearby shorelines.

People interested in volunteering for the cleanup are encouraged to visit www.meetup.com/HelpCleanJordanLake to sign up. Other options to register as a volunteer include:

Residents living west of Jordan Lake can contact Fran DiGiano at 919-542-0829.

Residents living east of the lake can contact Tom Colson 919-630-2569.

Volunteers will meet at the Jordan Dam Visitor Assistance Center (also known as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters) at 2080 Jordan Dam Road in Moncure. Take exit 79 off US Hwy 1.

If possible, bring boats and kayaks to help reach the parts of the shoreline not accessible by foot. Pants, long-sleeve shirts, hats and bug repellant are highly recommended. Bottled water, lunch, gloves and trash bags will be provided.

For more information on other environmental activities and services in Chatham County, click here to visit the county's Division of Environmental Resources webpages.

 
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