What we're about

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).

Upcoming events (1)

Volunteer to Celebrate Chatham 250!

2797 Pea Ridge Rd

Did you know that most of the shoreline of Jordan Lake is within Chatham County?

Chatham County is now celebrating its 250th birthday with festivities in the areas of Creative Arts, Growth and Change, Community and Diversity, Agriculture and Natural Environment. Clean Jordan Lake is offering its Annual Fall Trash Cleanup as part of these festivities.

The Chatham 250 website (https://www.chatham250.com/register) explains how to join the Passport Experience. Complete at least 10 passport activities to earn a Chatham 250 Swag Bag. Citizens outside of Chatham County are equally welcome to come out to help clean the shoreline!

This is the area we'll be cleaning:

We last cleaned this area 2 years ago. It always gets a lot of trash, which washes down the Haw River arm of the lake and ends up here.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will assist us.

WHERE TO MEET: End of gravel road that leads from the Corps' East Gate Access off Pea Ridge Rd. The address of nearest house on Pea Ridge to East Gate is 3005. Look for large Clean Jordan Lake banners.

We ask that you wear a mask any time you will be less than 6 feet away from other volunteers, including at the registration table.


WALKERS: You will be divided into five groups at registration.

BOATERS: Boaters are needed to ferry some 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. Launch from Poe's Ridge Boat Ramps off Jordan Dam Rd., 1.5 miles from cleanup.

We're loaning 2-way radios to boaters for communication.

KAYAKERS: Come to Registration Table at 8:45am to receive assignments from CJL leaders.

All participants must complete a liability waiver form online BEFORE THE EVENT.


Waiver forms for Adults and Minors (age 11-18) MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE by going to:
Adults- https://www.cleanjordanlake.org/volunteer-waiver
Minors- https://www.cleanjordanlake.org/minor-waiver


Due to potential hazards, 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.


• 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


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.


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.


All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and work gloves (we provide or bring your own)

We strongly recommend long pants, long-sleeve shirt and hat

Bring a mask to wear at registration and at other times when you may be less than 6 feet away from other volunteers


Since 2009, 620 cleanup events have attracted 8,300 volunteers to our cause. Beauty and wildlife habitats have been restored along 30 miles of the worst impacted shoreline. About 18,000 bags of trash (roughly 180 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 (42)

Unfinished Cleanup Business at Ebenezer Church Beach

2582 Beaver Creek Rd

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