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Save the date: Nov. 22

Dear volunteers, 

Volunteers collect trash around Mt Island LakeJoin us in restoring health to the Catawba River by planting over 8,000 trees!

When: November 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Where to meet: Map to Henderson Park Swim Club

What to bring: We will supply tools but are expecting a big turnout. So, if you can bring a shovel or gardening tools that would help ensure enough tools for everyone. If it rains, bring rain gear. If it storms, we will notify you and reschedule.

Join us in a celebration: 1:00-3:00 p.m. A thank you luncheon and celebration at the completion of the event will mark the culmination of our initiative to protect and clean up Mountain Island Lake.

Registration: Register quickly as there is a maximum capacity and also we want to provide enough food. Registration only takes a minute.  http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageNavigator/Fix_Mt_Island_Lake

The Sierra Club’s Central Piedmont Group, American Forests, County of Mecklenburg and Central Piedmont Community College want to thank you for participating in the Mountain Island Lake restoration project.

Please contact me with any questions or comments.

Best,

Kara Craig
Sierra Club
(919) 833-8467
kara.craig@sierraclub.org

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Big Clean Up on Saturday

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Sierra Club and partners clean

Mountain Island Lake

The source of drinking water for nearly half a million people in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area becomes target for the watershed cleaning project, Big Sweep

 

Charlotte, N.C. — As part of a larger series of events, the Sierra Club, Mecklenburg County and CPCC will organize volunteers on October 4 to clean up and protect Mt Island Lake, the source of drinking water for nearly half a million people in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area . Volunteers will meet at the Latta Plantation Nature Reserve to clean trails, creek beds, and Mt Island Lake shoreline. In addition, volunteers can travel with the Mecklenburg County Stormwater Watch crew to the ‘island’ of Mt Island Lake, to remove trash and debris. Big Sweep requests volunteers bring their own non-motorized water craft, if desired, to clean along the shoreline. This event, along with the upcoming tree plantings in November, aim to offset the impact of rapid development in Mecklenburg and neighboring counties on Mountain Island Lake.

 

Background:

 

As part of the Catawba River system, Mountain Island Lake will share in the difficulties of what American Rivers named “the most endangered river in the US.” Much of the western side of the lake and numerous tributaries that feed it remain unprotected and vulnerable to deforestation and encroaching suburbia, which lead to shoreline destabilization, flooding, and dirty water.

 

The Mt Island Lake events:

 

The Central Piedmont group of the Sierra Club, Mecklenburg County, and CPCC will gather activists and students, clean up the McDowell Creek watershed during the nationwide ‘Big Sweep’ event, and plant several hundred trees

 

On Saturday, Oct 4 (9:00am-1:00pm), in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, volunteers will clean up the Mountain Island Lake shoreline during the annual Big Sweep event. Meet at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Gar Creek Canoe Access on 5226 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Please register on our homepage at nc.sierraclub.org.

 

On Saturday, Nov 22 (9:00am-12:00), volunteers will plant a large number of trees to help filter groundwater and thus protect one of the most endangered watersheds in the country. Saturday’s event will cap off an entire week of plantings, with upwards of 500+ people planting trees throughout the week. A celebratory picnic lunch will follow.

Voting Green?

Sierra Club’s October 22nd meeting will point you in the right direction
 
All Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings take place the fourth Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Meetings begin at 7pm and are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC.
  
For directions and more information, please click here.

Two Sierra Club Events

Oct 4, Saturday, (9:00am-1:00pm), in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, we will clean up the Mountain Island Lake shoreline during the annual Big Sweep event. 

Nov 22, Saturday, (9:00am -12:00pm), we will plant a large number of trees to help protect this endangered watershed. A picnic lunch will follow.

Learn more and sign up here.

We will discuss both of these opportunities at future Earth Club meetings. Hope you can join us.

Though 70 percent of Mountain Island Lake’s shoreline is protected land, 80 percent of the tributaries that funnel water into the lake are not– and development is occuring all along the edges of those already fragile waterways.

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