Calling volunteers to clean waterways

Get out your gloves and pitch in cleaning up litter from Richland Creek in Waynesville as part of the North Carolina Big Sweep.

Haywood County Big Sweep will be Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is part of a statewide one-day event to pickup litter along North Carolina’s waterways.

Haywood Community College’s students in the Natural Resources Department will lead the way along Richland Creek from the Russ Avenue bridge to Lake Junaluska. Volunteers should plan to meet at 9 a.m. in the Bi-Lo Grocery Store parking lot off Russ Avenue in Waynesville. For more information call Shannon Rabby at 828.627.4592.

Other Big Sweep opportunities and contacts:

• Jackson County is set for Oct. 1; James Jackson, Tuckaseegee Outfitters, 828.508.3377.

• Macon County also is Oct. 1; meet at Gooder Grafix on East Main Street in Franklin at 9 a.m.; Guy Gooder, 828.421.4845.

• Swain County has two Big Sweeps, on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. Nantahala River put in at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1 or shuttle from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. On Oct. 2, volunteers meet at the Swain County Administration Building at 9 a.m.; Laurie McLaren Perkins, 828.488.9735.

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