River cleanup to be held Saturday

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By Staff Reports

The Great Falls River sweep will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cleanup will primarily focus on the islands in Stumpy Pond and some of the bank area around the reservoir.

Volunteers will meet at Debutary Landing or Stumpy Pond Landing (Lancaster side).

This is the second river sweep that the Great Falls Home Town Association has held.

The event is in need of boats, boat captains to carry people out to the island and bring trash back to the Debutary Boat Landing and volunteers to help pick up trash. For this cleanup event, GFHTA board member/organizer Mike Vaughn is asking that people not kayak out to the site but meet the boats taking people to the islands for the sake of efficiency. He says the group will be able to pick up much more trash and debris.

All those who come out and spend the day cleaning up will be registered for a new kayak and following the event, an afternoon of food, live music and fun will be held to thank and treat all the volunteers who help with the event.

All cleaning supplies will be provided at the meeting sites. Boat captains are asked to have life jackets available on boats for volunteers. Maps and directions will also be given at check-in. 

Boat captains must be 21 or older. Boat captains under 25 years of age must have passed a state approved boater safety course.

Anyone who would like to volunteer, sign up by e-mailing the GFHTA at gassociation@truvist.net or going on Catawba Riverkeeper website – catawbariverkeeper.org/join/volunteer. When emailing or signing up on the website, indicate if you are a boat captain or a volunteer. You can also call the GFHTA office at 803-482-2370 for more information.

Sponsors for the cleanup are the Great Falls Home Town Association, Duke Energy, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Palmetto Pride.