The annual High Rock Lake CleanSweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event links the two counties, Davidson and Rowan, for a unified collaborative effort that benefits the region. This year, HRLCleanSweep will serve as the official launch event for Rowan and Davidson County Stream Weeks.
High Rock Lake is North Carolina’s second largest lake, with over 300 miles of shoreline. The lake is formed by the Yadkin River and feeds Badin and Tillery. High Rock Dam captures most of the large debris that may remain in High Rock Lake. But there needs to be more community efforts to remove random debris floating on the lake, from soccer balls and drink cans to flip flops and even bits of docks. High Rock Lake is located between Davidson and Rowan counties and provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, contributing to the economy of more than a dozen municipalities.
Both Shane Graham and Barry Childers grew up on the lake and wanted to revive the community cleanup effort that was held every year. Both men are now local business owners and have personal experience with items floating along the shoreline ending up in desolate coves or owner properties.
“With such a beautiful natural resource in our literal backyards, it is imperative that we rally all stakeholders to ensure it is there for generations to come,” said Graham, chair of the HRLCleansweep Committee, in a statement. Press release.
Board members of the High Rock Lake CleanSweep committee are volunteer leaders Shane Graham, Barry Childers, Jeff Swing, AnnMarie Clark, Karen Baldwin, Edgar Miller and Joyce Caron-Mercier. With two cleanup/collection access points on the lake, volunteers can use the NC Wildlife Access Ramp location for picking up supplies and dropping off debris at the end of the day at Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury or Hwy. 8 Southmont.
Homeowners associations, scout troops and dozens of individual owners and even those who don’t live on the lake but have enjoyed it for years are invited to come to the wildlife access ramp to stock up and identify where they preferred to work. And no matter the lake connection, all have one thing in common, an appreciation of our natural resource and a desire to keep our recreational gem located between Rowan and Davidson counties – clean and safe.
To register and inquire about your group’s hours of service, email [email protected] Students will leave with a signed certificate with the number of hours in which they participated.
In addition to cleaning supplies, volunteers will receive free t-shirts and lunch.
Last year’s results from our army of “clean sweepers” were impressive: 4,560 pounds of trash hauled in Rowan County-provided dumpsters and 3,040 pounds on the Davidson side in Best Disposal dumpsters. .
“We can’t do this alone, it takes volunteer hours from our board members months in advance to get permits in order, apply for sponsorships and hire our county leaders. Again this year, Cube Hydro/Eagle Creek Renewable Energy is our lead sponsor. The folks at Cube Hydro Carolinas understand how vital High Rock Lake is to the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin,” Graham said.
“With our accelerated initiative to have a bigger impact, we decided to engage Media Placement Services of Lexington, an agency who offered us ideas on how to amplify our event through social media, banner ads, a new website at hrlcleansweep.org and email for inquiries, [email protected],” Graham continued.
“We are delighted that through our efforts, new sponsors have joined and include Toni Wooten-Wright, Keller Williams Real Estate. Our returning sponsors joining Cube Hydro are Childress Marine Construction, Cozart Lumber, Domino’s, Lexington BBQ, Swing Insurance , Safeco Insurance, Uwharrie Real Estate, Yadkin River Keeper, High Rock Lake Association and Best Disposal, Lexington The sponsoring companies support the expenses of the initiative throughout the year We would like more volunteers as more hands means less trash in our lake,” Graham said. “We’ve been planning this year’s event since the day after last year’s CleanSweep.”
Local government agencies such as Rowan County, Keep Davidson County Beautiful, and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission also support the event.
“We run the HRLCleanSweep for many reasons, the obvious is to clear out the ‘stuff’ floating on the lake, gathered around trees and bushes on the shoreline and our ‘front yards’. As an owner of a Rowan County company that lives off the lake, the end result is the same – a clean, safe recreational body of water that is an inviting place for anglers to spend their day and their money here, no matter which side of the lake,” said Childers, vice-chairman of the committee.
This means an economic impact for Hills Minnow Farm and Tamarac Marina family bait shops on Bringle Ferry Road, Lakeview Family Restaurant and Waters Edge Dock and Grill restaurants, and downtown Salisbury retailers, such as Backcountry and Beyond which offer recreational items from kayaks. and sunglasses to stand up paddle boards and sun shirts. Rowan’s neighbor across the lake has Mimi’s Bait and Tackle in Lexington, and Rock Outdoors, also on Hwy 8, offers lake supplies from life jackets to pontoons and fishing boats.
The effort to clean up our lakes and rivers is a year-round campaign,” said Edgar Miller, executive director of Yadkin Riverkeeper. “We host several events throughout the year, including bridge and river cleanups on Earth Day in April and Rowan Creek Week, among others. Everything to keep our lakes and the river waste free.
The Yadkin Riverkeeper organizes a group of kayakers to paddle the various creeks on the Davidson County side for additional access to smaller areas that may contain debris.
The fourth annual Rowan Creek Week will take place September 17-24 and will run in conjunction with the annual HRLCleanSweep. Davidson County will also be celebrating Creek Week. In conjunction with several local environmental organizations and municipal departments, Creek Week provides recreational, educational and volunteer opportunities for everyone to enjoy and contribute to the health of our area’s waters.
Rowan County’s Kelli Isenhour took this initiative into the classroom: “We want our next generation to appreciate the natural resources we have in our backyards, from Dan Nicholas Park to Spencer Trading Ford and High Rock Lake. “
To receive updates on RoCo Creek Week, follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@rowancreekweek).
Contact Shane Graham at 336-596-0428 or email an information request to [email protected]