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Thanks to 75 energetic volunteers in our Annual Fall Cleanup last Sat., we removed most of the stain on one-half mile of  shoreline that was left by trash from the recent heavy rains. 

The first two photos show what coves looked like near Stinking Creek entrance to the lake before we started.  

Very little of the trash is from recreational use. I know from surveying this same shoreline our 2014 Fall Cleanup that most was trash free. The new load came from everywhere upstream being flushed off the land by rain on the Haw River watershed .

Unfortunately, a lot of the floating trash had to be left behind for another event during a lower lake level. Nonetheless, we are grateful for a few boaters who were scooping it out and to a few others on land who walked into the water. 

Others combed the shoreline and still others ferried the trash to a dumpster about 2 miles away at the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters. Many of our volunteers are repeats.  For instance, Doug and his kayak (see photo) have been to NINE of our events!  And let's also recognize the continued help of the Army Corps of Engineers (see photo of their trash filled pontoon boat).

We're happy to provide an opportunity for youth to volunteer. After all, they're the future stewards of our environment.   Stefan Klakovich is a dedicated environmental science teacher in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School system. He recruited about 20 high school students for our event. Others came from Apex and Pittsboro schools.  

University students also participated.  We had a group from UNC, Dept. of Chemistry's Graduate and Professional Student Federation and another from UNC-Pembroke who were each volunteering during their Fall Breaks. 

The map shows the cleanup area.  Not counting all the big piece of trash such as pails of construction adhesives, 170 bags of trash and 13 tires were removed.  

Everyone was treated to a great lunch. All five of our Trash Treasure Hunt items were found and redeemed for nice prizes from Great Outdoor Provision Company, Townsend Bertram and Company, Mountain Khakis and the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

Thanks to all involved.  Come join us for our Spring Cleanup!
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2015-10-21
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GlaxoSmithKline returned for their FIFTH year of Orange Day community service.  Each unit within GSK's RTP headquarters decides where to volunteer for this corporate wide program.  

Jack DeCicco and Julia McCoy's unit choose to continue to help CJL keep up with the trash.  They brought 15 employees to the lake on Oct. 16th.  

The event was made enjoyable by coffee and donuts before heading out to site and a delicious lunch of salad and Pizza from Daniels in Apex after finishing. The Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center at the end of Jordan Dam Rd was a perfect place to celebrate a job well done while enjoying a fantastic view of the lake.

Two trash filled coves were targeted just across from where the Haw River  and New Hope Creek Arms join together.  The group removed 30 large full bags of trash and a couple of tires in just 2 hours of hard work.  

After picking up hundreds of tiny pieces of styrofoam, they all decided never to drink from one again!  And in fact, maybe GSK's food service will moved toward eliminating them.

Of course, there was the usual assortment of weird items, which maybe are no longer weird because they are so commonplace! 
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2015-10-19
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We brought nine leaders from Durham County and City to the lake last Friday. Triangle Boat Tours donated their services for the event. This was our first in a series of tours for leaders of the eight counties in the watershed. We want them to appreciate the beauty of the lake while also seeing why we need to educate all citizens about trash prevention.

Representing Durham County were Commissioners Michael Page (Chairman), Brenda Howerton (Vice-chairman), Wendy Jacobs and Ellen Reckhow. Coming from the City of Durham were Council members Don Moffitt and Steve Schewel along with Tobin Freid of the Sustainability Office and Tania Dautlick of Keep Durham Beautiful. Sylvia Le Goff represented El Centro Hispano, Inc.

These leaders were impressed by soaring birds, vast expanses of water and a shoreline uninterrupted by a single dwelling. They were also shocked to see so much trash when we pulled up onto a section of shoreline where most comes from upstream on the Haw River and New Hope Creek. Their spontaneous response was to hop off the boat to pick up trash!

Schewel said afterwards “we were reminded of our responsibility in Durham to help keep the lake clean. Moffitt added “it was an educational experience. The lake is an important drinking water source for Durham and protecting it is a priority.” And Le Goff remarked that “education is the key to trash prevention and this begins by raising the awareness of our youth.”

All participants made many good suggestions for how Clean Jordan Lake could more effectively partner with counties in trash prevention. I’m very encouraged to continue this outreach effort to leaders of the other seven counties.
Photo 1 L to R. Tobin Freid, Don Moffitt, Tania Dautlick, Wendy Jacobs, Brenda Howerton, Michael Page, Sylvia Le Goff, Ellen Reckhow, Steve Schewel, and Fran DiGiano.
Photo 2. On board boat photo: Captain Don Watkins of Triangle Boat Tours pointing out features of Jordan Lake
Photo 3. Displaying trash items: L to R. Tania Dautlick, Tobin Freid, Don Moffitt and Steve Schewel
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2015-10-13
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On Sept. 19th, Sherri Brown, the Wake County coordinator for the American Cultural Exchange Service (exploretheworld.org), brought high school students from host families, 13 international students staying with them and several parents to Jordan Lake for a morning of community service. The guest students were from Slovakia (2), Serbia (3), Bosnia, Herzegovina, Germany(2), Kenya, Russia, Indonesia and South Korea.

After a long hike through the woods bordering Stinking Creek, the group reached a huge mess of trash near a large cove facing out toward the Haw River Arm. They collected about 15 bags of trash and a couple of tires.

The students felt their work made a difference and clearly, they all enjoyed working together while furthering international understanding. It would be interesting to know what the visiting students say about trash in the U.S. in their next email back home!
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2015-09-25
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Just two days after CJL's participation in Activated Good's Day of Remembrance, 24 student volunteers from Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity at UNC-CH came to clean up at the lake.

They had the extremely challenging job of removing hundreds of pieces of trash caught in between large rocks forming the rip rap around the bridge at Farrington Point Rd., just south of the Farringtion Rd. Boat Ramps entrance.

In addition, this group removed trash from over 1/2 mile of shoreline leading over to Marthas Chapel Rd., littered with stuff left behind by careless visitors.

The trash on the rip rap included the usual assortment of broken beer bottles and beer cans. The volunteers also had to tug and pull at hundreds of feet of fishing line, some with lures attached, snagged on rocks and ready to be entangled by birds.

Even more disgusting than the fishing line and broken beer bottles was the tens of camping propane tanks. A small sample is shown in the third photo next to Adam, who was yanking them out from among the rocks. I'm told that these tanks are attached to lanterns for night fishing.

In less than two hours, these wonderful Alpha Phi Omega volunteers removed 26 heavily loaded bags of trash and one tire.
All this stuff is here because users of the lake's shoreline seem insensitive to their environment. Ironically, their trash is destroying the very place they want to go back to!!
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2015-09-25
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Clean Jordan Lake was one of 80 nonprofits to offer community service on the Day of Remembrance organized by Activate Good (activategood.org) . The idea was to unite on this day to honor those lost on 9/11 with volunteerism and acts of kindness.

Nearly 2,000 volunteers participated. Of these, 31 volunteered with CJL representing Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, EMC Corporation, Digital P Media and the Durham Literacy Center. They removed about 40 bags of trash and five tires from a chronic problem area on Wilderness Island, near the entrance of Robeson Creek into the Haw River Arm. Each rainfall flushes more trash down the Haw River to end up in this cove and in many others further down towards the dam.
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2015-09-25
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More than 100 nonprofits in the Triangle Area belong to Activate Good,  a  volunteer recruitment organization.  We  advertise our Annual Fall and Spring trash cleanups there.  Activate Good arranged  invitations for its partnering nonprofits to appear on WNCN's My Carolina Today show over a span of several months.     

  

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LAUNCH OF SYNGENTAPROUD COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
We were pleased to have been chosen for the kick off of a new corporate community service program called SyngentaProud.  Beth Mathews of Syngenta's Protein Expression Product Safety Group in the region pulled together 24 employees to come to the lake on August 27.

They hopped aboard with Captain Don's Triangle Boat Tours in the morning to see the beauty of the lake and its soaring birds.  Lunch was at the Visitor Assistance Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers perched above the lake with a great view to the B. Everett Jordan dam.  

Captain Don then ferried them a short distance across the Haw River Arm for an afternoon of service with us.  These hard working volunteers picked up trash all along the tip of the peninsula known as Wilderness Island.  They carried 32 bags and rolled 3 tires back to the waiting pontoon boat for the return trip to the Corps' dock and unloading.

Beth said "we really enjoyed our day at the lake and were so glad we could help out in the community.  I received a lot of feedback that the event (both boating and the cleanup) were a success."
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2015-09-08
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We don't need to wait for more rainfall after all to decide location for our Annual Fall Trash Cleanup on Oct. 10.  

The peninsula that defines where Stinking Creek enters  the Haw River Arm will be the site.  This area has accumulated a lot of trash since it was last cleaned in 2012 but it was not included in last Fall's event at an adjacent section of  shoreline.

Go to meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake for all the details.
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Our Annual Fall Trash Cleanup will be on Sat., Oct. 10th from 9am to 1pm. Trash Treasure Hunt prizes. Lunch starts at 12:15pm.
This an event is registered as part of the National Public Lands Day celebration. Each volunteer will receive a one day pass to any of the national parks. We are also thankful for logistical support form U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jordan Lake through our official partnership program and to Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling for providing dumpster and trash disposal.

Walker, boaters and kayakers are welcome.

The targeted shoreline section will be posted here by the end of September.

We want to await more rainfall before choosing the site. Most trash enters the lake after rainfall events on the vast watershed reaching up to Greensboro and Hillsborough. But with very little rainfall over the last several months (see photo), little new trash has accumulated in the usual chronic problem areas. Thanks to the hard work of 3,700 volunteers since 2009, most of the legacy of trash from past rainfalls dating back to filling of the lake in 1981 has been removed.

To register as volunteer, go to:
meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake
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