Individual or Group Participation in General Public Cleanup Events

Clean Jordan Lake sponsors two annual trash cleanup events that are open to the general public. One of these is held in early October as part of the NC Big Sweep statewide cleanup event. 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!   This video was produced by one of our enthusiastic kayakers during the Haw River Assembly cleanup in March 2013.

Adopt-A-Shoreline Program

Supported by a Biogen Idec Foundation Grant

Jerry Mays (L), member of Weaver Creek HOA, the adoption group and Dan LaMontagne (R), director of Chatham County’s Environmental Quality Dept. at sign installation

Our 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.  Thirteen sections of shoreline have already been adopted.   Groups wishing to join can suggest other sites.  Clean Jordan Lake provides the trash bags, trash grabbers, gloves and first-aid kit and also removes the trash bags after the cleanup.  A minimum of two participants is needed for each cleanup.  The typical time required to remove litter from a section is about 3 hours.

Requirements for Participation

  • Group should have at least five members to allow rotation for cleanups
  • 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)
  • Leave trash bags along side of the road 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

Current Participating Groups

  • Weaver Creek HOA – Pea Ridge Rd. access to Weaver Creek
  • Carolina Kayak Club – Easterly WRC Farrington Pt. Boat Ramp area
  • Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron – Access to Beaver Creek off Beaver Creek Rd.
  • Jordan Lake Environment Education – WRC Bells Church Access off Farrington Rd.
  • NC Geocachers.org – West side of Wilderness Island on Haw R. Arm
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary – State Park New Hope Boat Ramp area
  • Triangle Trail Hikers – State Park New Hope Trails
  • Jordan Lake EagleCam Viewers – Access to White Oak Creek off Rt. 751
  • 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.
  • 24 Paws –  WRC Gameland Access on north side of Northeast Creek bridge, Rt. 751
  • Kenan-Flagler Executive Program, UNC – Westerly WRC Farrington Pt. Boat Ramps

To participate contact info@cleanjordanlake.org

Weaver Creek HOA kicks off our new Adopt-A-Shoreline Program on Mar. 10, 2012

Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Program

CJL's Adopt-A-Feeder Stream at Little Creek in CHThe purpose of this program started in 2014 is to stop trash from reaching the lake by intercepting it along streams that supply the lake.  The first two adoptions are along Apex’s Beaver Creek Greenway and the Little Creek Trail in Meadowmont Village of Chapel Hill.  This program operates like the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program with the exception that two rather than three cleanups are required per year.

To participate 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. Thus far, GlaxoSmithKline and Biogen Idec have chosen trash cleanup at Jordan Lake as their annual employee day of community service. Change The Triangle (a young adult volunteer group), Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts of America, Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have scheduled their own cleanup events.  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.