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Annual Fall Trash Cleanup- Kirks Creek
The shoreline of Kirks Creek, reached from Jordan Dam Rd. , is directly in the path of water coming down the Haw R. Arm. About 80% of trash and nearly all the tires on the shoreline are brought to the lake by rainfall on 1,400 sq. mi. of Haw R. watershed, all the way from Greensboro. 20 inches of rain has fallen since April! The lake level rose 5 ft. in July-August with prolonged intense rains. This brought lots more trash. MUCH more rain is coming with Florence! CJL records show that over 400 volunteers in 13 cleanups of Kirks Creek shoreline have removed over 1,100 bags of trash and 400 tires since 2010. Once again, volunteers are needed here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will assist CJL. Where We Meet Here is map link: For car gps, the address for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center is 2080 Jordan Dam Rd., Moncure, NC. NOTE: Center is at end of Jordan Dam Rd. Cleanup track assignments and safety briefing will be given at the registration area in the parking lot of the Center. Restrooms are available. Boaters and kayakers can launch at the Poes Ridge Boat Ramps of the Corps of Engineers as shown on the map link. We loan tarps for boats hauling trash. Assignments WALKERS: Divide into several groups at registration. Walk along Red Trail that follow Kirks Creek shoreline. BOATERS: Ferry some of the volunteers to the farthest length of Kirks Creek away from Registration and haul trash back to the dumpster at the Corps Bulkhead. Boaters only wishing to ferry volunteers are welcome. We're loaning 2-way radios to boaters for communication. KAYAKERS: Come to Registration Table at 8:45am to receive assignments from CJL leaders. Liability Waiver Forms All participants must sign a liability waiver form and bring to the registration table. Below is link to Liability Waiver Forms Liability forms for Adults and Minors (for age of 11 to 18) : IMPORTANT: Participation by minors requires signature of guardian or parent and minors under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Age Restriction Due to potential hazards associated with bagging and moving trash, we are not able to allow children under the age of 11 to participate. Children over the age of 11 and under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. What We Provide • Shoreline Track Captains to lead volunteers • Bags, gloves, trash grabbers, first-aid kits, large on-site water containers • Pontoon boat and operator courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Post-event light lunch starting at 12:15 pm Trash Treasure Hunt We continue our tradition of offering a Trash Treasure Hunt. Items marked by "CJL TTH" are shown to track captain who will issue a CJL business card redeemable for merchandise prize at registration table. Instagram Prize Photos taken by volunteers posted with hash tag #cleanjordanlake will be entered into random draw for merchandise prize. What to Wear All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and put on work gloves (we provide these or bring your own favorites) We strongly recommend to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirt and hat What Our Volunteers Have Accomplished Since 2009, 380 cleanup events, large and small, have attracted 6,500 volunteers to our cause. By far, the largest turnouts are for our Fall and Spring cleanups that are open to the general public. Beauty and wildlife habitats have been restored along 20 miles of the worst impacted shoreline. About 15,000 bags of trash (roughly 150 tons!) have been removed. Many other objects are too large to fit into trash bags such as basketballs, propane gas tanks, hot water heaters, car parts, pesticide sprayers, gasoline cans, and pails of industrial adhesives. In addition, volunteers have rolled 4,500 tires, many still on rims, to boats and hoisted them off again at boat ramps to stack for pick up by Bridgestone Americas Tires 4Ward Program.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center

2080 Jordan Dam Road · Moncure, NC

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    Clean Jordan Lake is a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the natural habitat, beautifying the shoreline and protecting water quality by removal of trash and litter. Stormwater flows carry large and small trash items from feeder streams into the lake. These deposit on the shoreline of remote coves, for example, along the Haw River Arm of the lake. Litter generated by shoreline recreational use is another huge problem. Although far less in volume than trash from stormwater, litter is more directly in the public eye and pervasive: clean it up and within a month it reappears! Since incorporation in July 2009, 5.300 volunteers have participated. They have removed 4,300 tires and 13,000 bags (that's 130 tons!) of trash and litter in 305 events, including those in our Adopt-A-Shoreline and Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Programs. About 15 miles of shoreline have been cleaned with another 10 miles of critical sections to go.

    Details of general public cleanup events are posted on this web site. Groups may schedule their own cleanups or participate in our new Adopt-A-Shoreline program. Visit our website (

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