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5/10/2019 7:24:00 AM
Lake Norman Cleanup Postponed One Week
Photos from the 2017 Lake Norman Cleanup--which also had to be postponed because of weather...hopefully this year's postponement will give more people an opportunity to participate.
Photos from the 2017 Lake Norman
Cleanup--which also had to be
postponed because of weather...
hopefully this year's postponement
will give more people an
opportunity to participate.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The Lake Norman Riversweep and Spring Cleanup that had been scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until NEXT Saturday (May 18th) because the weather forecast for tomorrow calls for a possibility of thunderstorms--and you don't want to be on the lake when there's lightning.

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation partners with local volunteers every Spring to clean up litter from Lake Norman and its islands before the summer boating season.

Keep Lincoln County Beautiful is taking the lead this year. Patty Korn, who has been the lead person for KLCB from its beginning and who has been a part of the lake cleanup for at least six years, says she is hopeful that more people will get involved this year: “It’s disappointing that we have the same people show up each year. Some of the other locations involved in the cleanups have a hundred or more volunteers; we're lucky to get 20 or 30. Whether you live on the lake or just use it during the summer, it's important to keep it clean. It's also the source for the Lincoln County Water System's water supply."

Korn said she hopes the postponement may actually help to give more people time to learn about the cleanup and since this is Mother's Day weekend and next weekend isn't, perhaps more will participate. “We usually get a couple of pickup truck loads of trash each year.”

Korn, who is known to many for her personal fight to reduce litter along roadways in eastern Lincoln County and her efforts to increase recycling, says the lake cleanup is very important. "A lot of the people who live in this area came here because of the lake. Those who live in other parts of the county also use the lake. A little 'house-cleaning' from time to time makes it more enjoyable for everyone--and we're not talking about a lot of work, just one morning of combined effort by people who care."

In addition to cleaning Lake Norman’s islands and picking up trash that may be floating in the lake, volunteers are also needed to clean up Beatty’s Ford Park (where the on the lake cleanup begins), the Rock Springs Nature Preserve and the walking trails near Sally’s YMCA, and other public facility locations.

Boat owners will gather at the landing at Beatty's Ford Park (on Shipley Lane off Unity Church Road) at 8 AM. They, and volunteers who have come to help, will then proceed to their assigned area on the lake while other volunteers will clean up the area near the landing at the park. Still others will venture to Rock Springs Nature Preserve and pick up trash there along the nature trail. Others may also go to other locations as a part of the cleanup.

The effort locally is a part of the Great American Cleanup, a project of Keep America Beautiful, which takes place March 20-June 20 and features cleanups, green-ups and fix-ups in more than 20,000 communities across the country. Last year's 20th anniversary Great American Cleanup collected 68 million pounds of recyclables and 24.7 million pounds of litter. More than 9.4 million volunteer hours were logged; more than 55,400 miles of roads, shorelines and waterways improved and beautified; and nearly 21,300 public spaces cleaned. Korn says Lincoln County's cleanup is just a small part of what's being done--but it's and important part "because it's where we live."

The postponement until NEXT Saturday may give more people time to volunteer for this year. While some boats will depart from the landing at Beatty’s Ford Park after the 8 AM briefing, participating boat owners can also leave from their home docks. All boats are asked to return to Beatty's Ford Park by noon, and others who have worked on land at the park or other locations are also asked to gather there at that time. If you want to volunteer, contact Patty Korn at 704-451-7313 or by email at

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