Join WCCB & Volunteer For The Big Spring Clean!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Volunteers are needed for The Big Spring Clean.  Join WCCB as we help improve local streams and lakes in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  Each year, about 500 volunteers remove an average of 10 tons of trash.  Volunteers have fun, make a big difference, and learn the importance of taking care of local waterways.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 9a-1p.  Please REGISTER here.  Volunteers are asked to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen and wear old clothes that can get wet and dirty and sturdy boots or shoes.  Trash bags, gloves, snacks, and water will be provided.

All children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Everyone under the age of 18 must have a guardian-signed waiver.

Staffed Locations: Family Friendly Sites – All ages welcome
Campbell Creek Greenway – 2116 Margaret Wallace Rd. (Charlotte) Get Directions
Irwin Creek Greenway (Ray’s) – 329 N. Irwin Ave. (Charlotte), Irwin Avenue Elementary School  Get Directions
McMullen Creek Greenway – 8135 Pineville-Matthews Rd. (Charlotte) Get Directions
Little Sugar Creek Greenway at the Metropolitan (Wendy’s) – 727 Charlottetowne Avenue (Target Parking Garage – SECOND DECK OF GARAGE ONLY) Get Directions
Irwin Creek Greenway (Revolution Sports Academy) – 1225 Remount Rd. (Charlotte) Get Directions
McDowell Creek Greenway (Birkdale) – 8925 Townley Road (Huntersville)  Get Directions
Squirrel Lake Park – 1631 Pleasant Plains Road (Matthews) Get Directions
Iswa Nature Preserve – 9909 Wilkinson Blvd (Charlotte) Get Directions  Access Difficult – Children 10 and up
Ramsey Creek Park (Bring Your Own Boat) – 18441 Nantz Road (Cornelius) Get Directions
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve – 6221 Sample Road – Picnic Area (Huntersville) Get Directions

Be part of the solution to water pollution!

An enormous amount of trash gets into our streams and lakes from storm drains, flooded yards, and illegal dumping. Trash degrades recreation areas, harms wildlife, and looks terrible for our community. We need your help!   

What’s it like to participate?
Watch this video that showcases the event and this video from The Big Spring Clean 2017!

From the early 1990s until 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) hosted an annual one-day cleanup event called Big Sweep. It was part of clean up events coordinated across NC by the nonprofit NC Big Sweep that dissolved in 2015. In 2016, CMSWS renamed the event The Big Spring Clean and has moved the event to take place in the spring.

Can’t participate, but want to get involved?
For updates about The Big Spring Clean, other volunteer opportunities, and local stormwater and water quality activities, visit our volunteer page and follow WaterWatchers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.