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August 18, 2011

Spartanburg Water’s annual Lake Sweep set Sept. 10

More than 200 volunteers will gather on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lake Bowen Park for Spartanburg Water’s annual Lake Sweep.

Spartanburg Water is hosting the event to celebrate the statewide River Sweep/Beach Sweep initiative coordinated by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Lake Sweep is part of a statewide effort and is presented as an opportunity for members of the Spartanburg community to help keep local waterways and roadsides clean of litter and debris. In the past, area high schools, colleges, businesses, organizations, and others within the community have helped to remove more than 20,000 pounds of litter each year. As a result, the efforts of Spartanburg Water and the community have helped Lake Sweep become one of the largest and most successful litter clean-up events in South Carolina.

"Our organization and others throughout the state have begun to realize the tremendous benefit of hosting events like Lake Sweep," said John Moore, watershed manager for Spartanburg Water. "Large and small litter programs alike are not only instrumental in protecting our reservoirs and surrounding watersheds, but are also important in improving the quality of water in downstream communities as well. We all live in a watershed. That’s why it’s important that we all make a conscious effort to improve water quality at the source."

For those interested in participating in 2011 Lake Sweep, volunteers will be meeting at Lake Bowen Park near the boat landing and Lake Bowen Wardens' Office (8515 Highway 9, Inman, SC 29349) at 8 a.m. on Sept. 10. Volunteers will then disperse into teams of five and taken by van to about 15 locations around Lake Bowen, Lake Blalock and Municipal Reservoir #1 to remove debris and litter from local roadsides and waterways. At the conclusion of the event, prizes will be awarded to the teams who have removed the most litter from their respective locations. All volunteers will receive a Lake Sweep T-shirt, breakfast and lunch, and a raffle ticket for prizes. The event is free of charge.

As part of the event, Spartanburg Water will also be honoring its T-shirt contest winner. In celebration of Earth Day in April, fifth grade students in Spartanburg County schools were given the opportunity to submit T?shirt designs for Lake Sweep. The first-place winner’s design will be used to create the T-shirts for this year’s Lake Sweep volunteers. The 2011 winner is Trent Philips of Boiling Springs Intermediate School. Spartanburg Water will be recognizing him for his award-winning design.

For more information on 2011 Lake Sweep, or to volunteer, contact John Moore by phone at (864) 578-5442 or by e-mail at jmoore@spartanburgwater.org. Prospective volunteers will be given all necessary forms (flyers, registration forms, directions) and other important details about the event.

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