Biogen Idec Returns Again for Community Service Day
On September 20th, a morning and afternoon shift of Biogen Idec employees arrived for their 3rd We Care Deeply day of community service with us. Krissy Smith led the morning group of 45 and Greg Runyon the afternoon group of 25. The targeted shoreline was along Wilderness Island in the same area tackled last fall but the heavy rains this summer had brought more trash down the Haw River to deposit here. As in past years, the Army Corps of Engineers provided boats to haul the trash collected from the shoreline to a dumpster placed the Robeson Creek boat ramps with permission from the Jordan Lake State Park. Threatening skies finally yielded in the afternoon to a steady light rain yet these volunteers continued working. The one mishap was a lost set of car keys that were eventually found as the event wrapped up so this volunteer did not have the spend the night in the woods! The afternoon shift included prizes for the most number of bags collected and most unusual piece of trash found.
About 100 bags of trash were removed along with 5 tires. This was far less than last year's haul showing that removing just the annual deposit is a lot less work than dealing with a legacy of many previous years of deposits.