An Important Message to All Volunteers -- Lake Wylie Riversweep is Cancelled.
Regretfully, Mother Nature is not cooperating: the river level is too low to execute the cleanup safely and efficiently on October 3rd as planned. Because many, if not most boat ramps are closed, our boaters are unable to launch their boats; many boats are high and dry in their lifts. As a result, there are too few boats for the event to be successful - only 18 Boat Captains and 200 other volunteers have pre-registered. Last year almost 50 Boat Captains and over 700 volunteers had pre-registered by now. Many of the docks where the trash and debris are off-loaded are on the bottom. Usually navigable areas of the river are now too shallow, and the potential for damage to hulls and propellers is much higher. The only saving grace is that with fewer releases from the Mountain Island Dam since July, there is far less trash and debris along the banks than in past years.
Thanks for signing up to help this year. Sorry we have to cancel. Riversweep 2016 will occur either in late spring or in the fall as in previous years. We'll keep you posted and ask for your help next year.
Neil Brennan & Ellen Goff
Co-Chairs, Riversweep Planning Committee