Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Big Sweep of the French Broad set for this Saturday

As part of its continuing efforts to preserve and protect the French Broad River and her tributaries, RiverLink is participating in Big Sweep 2012 this Saturday, Sept. 29. RiverLink's Adopt-A-Stream teams and other volunteers will fan out across the watershed to collect trash from rivers, streams and roadways. After their labors, a cookout will be held at the RiverLink Performance and Sculpture Plaza (144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District) from 1 p.m. -- 4 p.m., featuring refreshments from Highland Brewing Company.    

Big Sweep is intended to make a big impact on trash across the French Broad River watershed in one day. Volunteer groups will meet along assigned sections of streams, roads, and rivers early that morning.  The teams will tackle trash, tires and debris, in car, on foot, and in boats at many locations, and conquer designated sections in need of cleaning.   

Many of RiverLink's Adopt-A-Stream teams will be participating in the cleanup. The Adopt-a-Stream program is a hands-on way for local residents and businesses to get actively involved in improving the water quality of the French Broad River Watershed. Groups interested in forming an Adopt-A-Stream team should contact RiverLink's volunteer coordinator at volunteer@riverlink.org or (828) 252-8474 ext. 11 to request information and find out which sections of a stream are available for adoption.

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