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  • Lake Jocassee Summer Clean Up Was a Trashy Event

    The First Annual Lake Jocassee Clean-Up was a 'trashy' event. With 343 volunteers reporting to help remove trash and debris, it was collaborative effort of local residents and visitors from three states pitching in to clean the lake.
    While scout troops were helping to clear up trails, volunteers dispersed in teams to eleven land locations and nine scuba-dive locations to remove debris and beautify the lake. Over twenty boats were bringing in bags of trash which consisted of assortment of rubbish that included not only bottles, cans, and paper, but even old car batteries and tires.
    With a theme of 'let's have a good and safe time while we work to clean-up the lake,' this community event helped bring together groups with a common goal of being considerate of the lake. Event coordinator, Brandon Landmark said, 'It has been inspiring to me how many people really appreciate this lake, and what it has to offer the Upstate.'
    This event brought together boating, diving, and fishing charter services, EMS, fire, law enforcement, and rescue personnel. Even the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center Med-Trans helicopter was on hand to provide mobile care if needed. Commercial and environmental organizations, Duke Energy, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Commission, and State Parks helped sponsor the day's activities.
    The Lake Jocassee Summer Clean Up was definitely a trashy event that was fun as well as fruitful, and a good time was had by all.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn 'Teach' Corley
    Great Event
    Thanks for the great report, it was good to see you Saturday. I had fun and was very happy with the turnout we had there. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this together and volunteering their time. I hope they will do it again next year and if so Jocassee Charters will be there again.