Join Lake Sweep 2017

September 16th in Spartanburg Co.

Seth Stokes
August 23, 2017 - 10:22 am

Area schools, families, colleges and community organizations are invited to participate in Spartanburg Water’s 29th Annual Lake Sweep. The Saturday, September 16, event is part of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the statewide effort to keep South Carolina’s waterways clean of debris.

Last year, approximately 200 volunteers, including Spartanburg Water employees, volunteered for Lake Sweep, helping to remove more than 24,000 pounds of trash. Volunteers can expect to remove a variety of items, including furniture, plastics, tires and a lot of glass items.

Spartanburg Water hosts Lake Sweep every fall to protect the local water supply and to ensure that the citizens of Spartanburg County have an excellent source of drinking water and a recreational resource for the future. The event is an opportunity for anyone willing to work four hours at one of the predetermined locations around Lakes Bowen and Blalock to remove trash from roadsides, streams and shorelines.

All volunteers should meet in the Lake Bowen Warden's Office parking lot promptly at 7:30 a.m. for registration and complimentary doughnuts and coffee. Teams will assemble at 7:45 a.m. for instructions and vans will depart for assigned clean-up sites promptly at 8 a.m. Teams will return to the landing for a complementary lunch and awards for the three teams collecting the most trash around 11:30 a.m. The event should conclude by noon.

Volunteers also receive a Lake Sweep 2017 T-shirt as a thank you for keeping our watershed trash-free. Individuals are always welcome to volunteer for the event and will be assigned to a team before the event. All volunteers must register in advance of the event at

“We are so grateful to those who volunteer and work so hard to remove the trash that could end up in our beautiful lakes. They give up a Saturday morning to be shuttled to 40 sites around the areas close to Lakes Blalock and Bowen in order to keep our water pristine,” said Ken Tuck, Spartanburg Water’s Director of Water Treatment.

For more information about volunteering for Lake Sweep 2017, contact Lake Warden Larry Elder, event organizer, at or (864) 578-5442.


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