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Lake Wateree cleanup scheduled for Oct. 11

Posted: September 4, 2014 5:14 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2014 6:00 a.m.

The Lake Wateree Association (LWA, Kershaw County) and Wateree Home Owners Association (WHOA, Fairfield County) and other volunteers will lead a cleanup of Lake Wateree on Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cleanup will cover the entire lake, running out of two sites: Clearwater Marina and Taylor Creek Access.

According to an email sent to LWA members, the two sites will also be where volunteers will return trash. Islands and shorelines have been divided up into various areas, including the following areas for the lower lake cleanup:

• Area No. 1 -- islands No. 1 and No. 2 -- though small, have been a tough location to clean up due to the amount of trash and prickly vegetation.

• Area No. 2 -- islands on “Ski Alley” -- in the past, these islands have not been done because people are never seen on them.

• Area No. 3 -- the three islands that run from just outside Clearwater Cover to where they fire off the fireworks. These should not be difficult, or at least have not been in the past.

• Area No. 4 -- the next three islands on the Camden side heading west toward Colonels Creek.

• Area No. 5 -- Johnnies Island, just north of the Colonels Creek mouth and the sand bars just north of Johnnies Island on the west side of the lake as one heads north.

• Area No. 6 -- Buck Hill Landing Boat Ramp, parking lot and the area south of the dam -- no boat required here, but at least a pickup is recommended.

Citizens are encouraged to inform the LWA and WHOA of “particularly trashy” spots the groups haven’t covered and to come out and help clean them up.

Boat captains and volunteers are needed. To help, contact Larry Risvold at LarryRisvold@att.net or Sam Perkins at either (704) 651-5974 or Sam@CatawbaRiverkeeper.org.

Palmetto Pride and Duke Energy will be providing trash bags, gloves, “grabbers” and some refreshments.

A completed waiver form must be brought to the launch sites to participate. The form can be found at http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/News/Assumption of Risk and Release - Riversweep.pdf.

Long pants and good, closed-toed shoes are recommended (there can be briars) as are sunscreen, bug spray, additional water, snack, hand sanitizer and tarp (for boat). Volunteers are cautioned not to pick up medical debris, especially needles; chemical containers; or anything that appears toxic. If a volunteer encounters such items, they are asked to make a note and inform someone when they return. Volunteers are also urged to not open bottles with shut caps, to never work alone and not to overexert themselves.

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