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July 22, 2011

Lake Jocassee clean-up event July 30 spurs community support

Hundreds of volunteers will gather on and under Lake Jocassee on Saturday, July 30, to remove trash and debris in a collaborative effort that’s quickly showing how much local residents and recreation enthusiasts value the lake.

This clean-up event is the largest of its kind for Lake Jocassee. Starting at 9 a.m. July 30, volunteers will disperse in teams to 11 land locations and nine scuba dive locations to remove debris and beautify the lake. Duke Energy and many other commercial and environmental organizations, including the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which manages 33,000 acres of public lands around Lake Jocassee, are helping to sponsor the day’s activities.

A limited number of land volunteers are still needed. Volunteers can register and also can get remote parking instructions, important forms and other details.

"As we’ve been organizing the event, I’ve seen many walks of life getting together for a common purpose," said Brandon Landmark, event coordinator. "It has been inspiring to me how many people really appreciate this lake and what it has to offer the Upstate."

In addition to Duke Energy’s Allan Boggs serving as one of the event coordinators, choosing to help sponsor the day was important to the company on multiple levels.

"Duke Energy’s hydroelectric operations in the area are certainly one reason to be involved, but even more so, our employees in the Upstate live and recreate here," said Reggie King, area hydro manager. "This reflects the heart of our core values—to be involved in our community and help protect its natural resources."

"This event is what South Carolina State Parks are all about: connecting people to the resources that we all have the responsibility to protect and preserve," said Kevin Evans, Devils Fork State Park manager.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 19,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to about 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

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