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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 cleanjordanlake.org (http://www.cleanjordanlake.org).

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Annual Spring Trash Cleanup

Seaforth Road

We had to cancel our Annual Fall Trash Cleanup. Hurricanes Florence and Michael raised havoc. These were followed in November by yet another tropical storm. In total, over 20 inches of rain fell last Fall, raising the lake level three times and never a chance to return to normal. We were braced for a huge trash cleanup of the shoreline that always accompanies flooding but our volunteers were stymied. It was either impossible or dangerous to access the shoreline due to extremely high water levels as the graph shows ( note: 216 ft above sea level is the NORMAL level). We're ready again to tackle a huge load of trash. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will assist us. We're getting so gun-shy about rain that we've set a RAIN DATE of Saturday, March 30th, just in case! But please only RSVP for March 23rd event. WHERE TO MEET The location is the N.C. Wildlife Resoures Commission Game Land Access reached by short gravel road off the end of Seaforth Rd. , Pittsboro. Here is map link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=12tLqU6hJFSYasvF74LgnLeMSLgE6vVi9&usp=sharing . For car gps, enter coordinates:[masked], [masked] PLEASE NOTE: THE LOCATION IS NOT THE SEAFORTH ACCESS TO JORDAN LAKE STATE PARK! ASSIGNMENTS WALKERS: Divide into several groups at registration. BOATERS: Boaters are needed to ferry some of the volunteers to the far end of the cleanup route and help to 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) : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wu2dvwrknt870wv/AABakOsoeaW7b8HurPE-J-Aaa?dl=0 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 • Port-A-Toilets at Registration Area • 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 • Coffee & biscuits to start the morning 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. *Only photos submitted from public accounts are eligible. 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, 400 cleanup events 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 4,600 tires, many still on rims, to boats and off again at boat ramps to stack for pick up by Bridgestone Americas Tires 4Ward Program.

Past events (31)

CANCELLED Fall Trash Cleanup- Kirks Creek

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center

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