Thursday, 20 September 2007 19:35
September’s Big Sweep, a nationwide effort to clean up the
country’s rivers and streams, brought out more than one hundred volunteers in
Watauga County on September 8.
Volunteers fanned out over 19 miles of the
county’s New River and tributaries, gathering 5,580 lbs of trash. Some
interesting items pulled from the River were: car parts, a stove, 88 tires, a
portable toilet seat and a kiddie playset. This year, the Department of
Transportation provided color-coded trash bags so that volunteers could sort
and recycle. Approximately 20% of the weight of the trash was recycled.
Volunteers will be recognized at noon tomorrow during the Kraut Creek Festival
in downtown Boone.
The sweep was organized in cooperation with the
National Committee for the New River.