Individual or Group Participation in General Public Cleanup Events

Clean Jordan Lake sponsors semi-annual trash cleanup events that are open to the general public. One of these is held in early October. The other is held in March as part of the Haw River Assembly Clean-Up-A-Thon.  The targeted area for both of these events for the next few years will be the Haw River Arm.

Because of the remoteness of the coves, our call for volunteers includes walkers to pick up trash and boaters to ferry volunteers as well as trash back to the boat ramp.  Look for more information about these upcoming events at our Meetup.com site.

Picking up trash can be fun!   Enthusiastic kayakers produced this fun video.  The great team work of volunteers unloading trash bags and tires in a corporate cleanup by Sensus a xylem brand is apparent in this video.

Adopt-A-Shoreline Program

photo 3Our Adopt-A-Shoreline Program is designed to clean shoreline access points outside of the Jordan Lake State Recreation Areas that are habitually littered. Our Program is ideal for civic and religious groups, high school clubs and classes, boating clubs and business establishments. This sign will be posted on each adopted section of shoreline to acknowledge the responsible organization.

How It Works

The sites are easily accessed by foot paths from the road.  We provide the trash bags, trash grabbers, gloves and first-aid kit and also removes the trash bags after the cleanup.  A minimum of three participants is needed for each cleanup.  The typical time required to remove litter from a section is about two hours.

Requirements for Participation

  • Group should have at least four members and most are fewer than 10.
  • Conduct three cleanups per year, preferably in early spring, mid-summer and early fall.  School groups can choose a schedule to fit the academic year. A 3-year commitment is required.
  • Sign a liability waiver form for each participant to participate in each event (this may require parent/guardian signature if participant is a minor)
  • Provide a contact person and contact information
  • Obey safety precautions such as wear closed toe shoes, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirt and hat (these are all to avoid cuts, ticks, chiggers and poison ivy)
  • Bring trash bags to a nearby Chatham County Collection Center or if not convenient, leave them in location designated by CJL for later pick up
  • Provide report to Clean Jordan Lake that gives hours spent, number of trash bags collected, number of volunteers and any interesting items of trash

22 Groups currently participating

  • Weaver Creek HOA – Pea Ridge Rd. access to Weaver Creek
  • Jordan Lake Rowing Club – Easterly WRC Farrington Pt. Boat Ramp area
  • Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron – Access to Beaver Creek off Beaver Creek Rd.
  • Enloe HS Marine Conservation Club – WRC Bells Church Access
  • Trash Dragons- WRC Bells Church Access
  • NC Geocachers.org – West side of Wilderness Island on Haw R. Arm
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary – New Hope Overlook Recreation Area  Boat Ramps
  • Canines for CJL – WRC Fishing Access off Big Woods Rd.
  • Great Outdoor Provision Company – Access on west side of cove off Lystra Rd.
  • The Kirby Family – Access on east side of cove off Lystra Rd.
  • Law++ –  WRC Gameland Access, north side of Northeast Creek bridge, Rt. 751
  • Shepherd’s Vineyard – west side of Farrington Pt. Rd. , south of Martha’s Chapel Rd.
  • The Sudduth Family – west WRC Farrington Pt. Boat Ramp area
  • The Bair Family – Robeson Creek from boat ramps to Haw River Arm
  • Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, UNC- Marthas Chapel Rd. Access near Farrington Rd.
  • Orange-Chatham Group Sierra Club – south side of Northeast Creek
  • The Planeteers – WRC Weaver Creek Fishing Access
  • The Harrison Family – B. Everett Jordan Dam Tailrace
  • Dragonfly Pond Works – north of Farrington Pt. bridge
  • RES.US – New Hope Overlook Red Trail
  • RES.US- Ebenezer Church Boat Ramps
  • The Wicker Family- Kirks Creek dock of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Program

The purpose of this program started in 2014 is to stop trash from reaching the lake by intercepting it along streams that supply the lake.  So far,  three groups have joined.

  • Meadowmount Friends of Little Creek – Little Creek
  • Buckingham HOA – Apex’s Beaver Creek Greenway
  • Highfill Infrastructure Engineering – White Oak Creek at Rt. 751. 

This program operates like the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program with the exception that two rather than three cleanups are required per year.

The sections of shoreline and feeder stream adopted are shown as yellow thumbtacks and those still available are shown as other icons on this map (click on box outline at top right to view names of adopting group at each site). Groups wishing to join can suggest other sites.

To participate in either adoption program contact info@cleanjordanlake.org

Community Service Days by Groups

Clean Jordan Lake also welcomes groups wishing to schedule a cleanup event at any time during the year.  For these events, Clean Jordan Lake suggests shoreline areas in need of cleaning, provides all the supplies and removes the trash bags.  Groups participating come from corporations, businesses, secondary schools, civic organizations, religious organizations, and universities.  GlaxoSmithKline and Biogen Idec chose trash cleanup at Jordan Lake as their annual employee day of community service.  Among others are: Activate Good Day of Remembrance, Syngenta, Pfizer Biotech, Duke Energy,  BB&T, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Durham, Triangle YMCA, Troop 951 Boy Scouts, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Margaret Pollard Middle School and the Pre-Pharmacy Club at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The minimum group size is 10.


Biogen Idec “We Care Deeply” Community Service Day

For more information, contact info@cleanjordanlake.org

A Special Appeal to the Boating Community

Clean Jordan Lake is especially interested in making the boating community aware of our mission, our trash cleanup events and our programs to promote trash prevention.  We encourage all boating clubs to make their members aware of our General Public Events by providing a link in their social media to Clean Jordan Lake. Our Boat U.S. Foundation grant provided funds for several activities to increase the involvement of the boating community including posting of Trash Tips for Boaters signs at all boat ramps.