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.
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.