How can the boating community help?
- Minimize packaging & plastic aboard
- Secure all trash aboard
- Carry extra trash bag for shoreline cleaning
- Dispose of trash at bins near boat ramps inside Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
- Take trash home from Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramps
- Volunteer your boat for CJL’s annual cleanup events
- Join CJL’s Adopt-A-Shoreline Program
- Notify CJL of trash trouble spots
- Volunteer for CJL event planning
- Add links to CJL at your boating club website
HIghlights of boater participation thus far
The role of boaters as volunteers is vividly portrayed in NBC17-News coverage of our recent NC Big Sweep Cleanup. Of the more than 1,000 volunteers who have participated in all CJL cleanup events, about 200 have brought their own boats to take volunteers to cleanup sites in coves along the Haw River Arm and to return trash to boat ramps for off-loading. The Piedmont Section of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has provided on-water logistical support as well as boaters. Cross Winds Marina donated operators and several pontoon boats to transport GlaxoSmithKline volunteers during their community public service day. The BassPack of NCSU has also participated in our annual NC Big Sweep cleanup. The Triangle Fly Fishers have sponsored numerous cleanups.
A $3,400 grant is being used to increase visibility of CJL to the boating community so as to increase their participation. In addition to volunteering at cleanup events, CJL is seeking help from the boating community to develop faster and safer ways to ferry trash and volunteers and to prioritize cleanup sites.
Boating organizations and individual boaters can join CJL’s Adopt-A-Shoreline Program, They must agree to conduct three cleanups per year at a location of their choice Signs on the adopted section of shoreline will recognize their participation and serve as a reminder to the general public of the importance of trash prevention.