Thanks to everyone who participated!

2018 Lake James Clean Up

The 2018 Lake James Cleanup was a huge success, with over 80 volunteers collecting 3.05 tons of litter with an additional 30 tires from Lakes James and its watershed. The Keep McDowell Beautiful program would like to thank our volunteer groups, boat captains, families, and youth serving organizations who removed litter from Lake James and its shoreline this past Saturday and over the last 3 weeks. The Keep McDowell Beautiful Program and volunteers from Marion Moose Lodge #1705, the Lake James Environmental Association, & NC Wildlife Federation in addition to residents of the Arbor on Lake James partnered to coordinate the Lake James Clean Up. Residents of the Arbor sponsored a picnic lunch and hosted volunteers from various organizations using boats, canoes, & kayaks to remove litter from the many coves on the lake. NC Wildlife Federation Volunteers cleaned up long sections of Highways 10 and 126. The Ladies of the Moose & their Boy Scout Troop had also collected litter from their adopted section of Hwy 10 in the weeks leading up to the Lake James Cleanup. Moose Lodge Volunteers in boats picked up inmate volunteers from McDowell County’s Minimum Security unit and took them out to help remove litter from the lake. The Moose Lodge raised funds to purchase new life jackets for the inmates to use during the cleanup event. Volunteers from Lake James Environmental Association went up the lake and tackled the mouth of the Catawba which is a major source of litter in the lake. With pontoon boats and kayaks they were able to access debris which has been washing in from our roadways upstream. Thank you to all our volunteers from the Community of Lake James and other volunteers who visit or live on the lake for participating in the 2018 Lake James clean up.