Team sign-ups are now underway. Big Sweep participants have included teams from businesses, government, school groups, civic clubs, individuals and others. Diamond Brand Outdoors will again be offering coupons of 20% off one regular priced item to all Big Sweep participants.
According to ECO Executive Director David Weintraub, “Our waterways sustain our way of life. Without them, we would lose our farms, our source of drinking water, and a major source of revenue which includes recreational boating and fishing. Protecting our streams through cleaning, monitoring, and nurturing them is critical to maintaining their health. Big Sweep is the first step to being good stewards of our natural resources.”
In Henderson County last year, over 150 volunteers and 16 teams participated, collecting 236 bags of trash weighing 12,980 pounds for 2008. Statewide Big Sweep figures are 18,443 people; 84,000 volunteer hours, and 521,000 pounds of debris for 2009.
If you would like to form a Big Sweep team, join a team, or have your team participate again this year, call ECO at 692-0385, or contact the event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, 692-3379.
In addition to Big Sweep, ECO’s Water Quality Committee coordinates a year round Adopt-A-Stream program to keep our waterways clean and healthy all year. For more information on ECO, visit www.eco-wnc.org or call 692-0385.
ECO (Environmental and Conservation Organization) is an environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice for the environment. It fulfills this mission by promoting green infrastructure, protecting water quality, promoting recycling and educating the public on renewable energy options and energy conservation. Seeking to think globally and act locally, ECO works to preserve and protect streams and wetlands, wildlife and natural habitats, air, and trees - the environment that sustains all.
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