Clean Jordan Lake plans two trash cleanups in March

Pittsboro, NC – “Clean Jordan Lake is participating in Durham’s Creek Week this year in addition to offering our own Annual Spring cleanup as part of the Haw River Assembly’s Clean-Up-A-Thon,” said Fran DiGiano, president of Clean Jordan Lake. “Many people may not know that heavy rains this winter raised the lake’s water level by 17 feet, which has not occurred since 2003, and feeder streams not only flooded the lake but brought a huge load of trash.”

Clean Jordan LakeClean Jordan Lake is one of seven organizations to offer a trash cleanup on Saturday, March 12, as part of Durham’s Creek Week. “We join these other organizations in encouraging residents in and around Durham to enjoy, feel connected to, and protect local waterways. The target area for Clean Jordan Lake’s cleanup is the New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment area near NC Highway 54.”

For Durham event, volunteers should meet at 9 AM on March 12 and work until noon. “New Hope Creek fills with trash from Durham and, if unchecked, the trash winds up in Jordan Lake,” DiGiano said.

This year’s Annual Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday March 19, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the New Hope Overlook access to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area off Pea Ridge Rd in New Hill. DiGiano noted, “Park rangers contacted us for help because the very high lake levels in January meant that trash now covers two popular camping areas and extends through the woods near heavily used hiking trails.”

Walkers, boaters and kayakers are invited to participate on March 19 clean up event, which will include a Trash Treasure Hunt with merchandise prizes and a light lunch beginning at 12:15pm.

Details and registration information for both events are at http://www.meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake/