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Annual Spring Trash Cleanup

  • NC WRC Game Land Wilderness Isl 2999 Seaforth Rd Pittsboro, NC United States (map)

200 volunteers joined us for this event. Learn more about our public cleanup events here.

We had to cancel our Annual Fall Trash Cleanup. Hurricanes Florence and Michael raised havoc. These were followed in November by yet another tropical storm. In total, over 20 inches of rain fell last Fall, raising the lake level three times and never a chance to return to normal.

We were braced for a huge trash cleanup of the shoreline that always accompanies flooding but our volunteers were stymied. It was either impossible or dangerous to access the shoreline due to extremely high water levels as the graph shows ( note: 216 ft above sea level is the NORMAL level).


We're ready again to tackle a huge load of trash. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will assist us. We're getting so gun-shy about rain that we've set a RAIN DATE of Saturday, March 30th, just in case! But please only RSVP for March 23rd event.

Where We Meet

The exact cleanup location will be posted by mid-February. But here is a map to the tentative meetup location. For car gps, the address for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center is 2080 Jordan Dam Rd., Moncure, NC. NOTE: Center is at end of Jordan Dam.

Rd.AssignmentsWALKERS: Divide into several groups at registration.

BOATERS: Depending on location, boaters may be needed to ferry some of the volunteers and help to haul trash back to the dumpster at the Corps Bulkhead. Boaters only wishing to ferry volunteers are welcome. We're loaning 2-way radios to boaters for communication.

KAYAKERS: Come to Registration Table at 8:45am to receive assignments from CJL leaders.

Liability Waiver Forms

All participants must sign a liability waiver form and bring to the registration table.

IMPORTANT: Participation by minors requires signature of guardian or parent and minors under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Age Restriction

Due to potential hazards associated with bagging and moving trash, we are not able to allow children under the age of 11 to participate. Children over the age of 11 and under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What We Provide

  • Shoreline Track Captains to lead volunteers

  • Bags, gloves, trash grabbers, first-aid kits, large on-site water containers

  • Pontoon boat and operator courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Coffee & biscuits to start the morning

Trash Treasure Hunt

We continue our tradition of offering a Trash Treasure Hunt. Items marked by "CJL TTH" are shown to track captain who will issue a CJL business card redeemable for merchandise prize at registration table.Instagram Prize Photos taken by volunteers posted with hash tag #cleanjordanlake will be entered into random draw for merchandise prize. *Only photos submitted from public accounts are eligible.

What to Wear

All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and put on work gloves (we provide these or bring your own favorites). We strongly recommend to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirt and hat.

What Our Volunteers Have Accomplished

Since 2009, 397 cleanup events have attracted 6,500 volunteers to our cause. By far, the largest turnouts are for our Fall and Spring cleanups that are open to the general public. Beauty and wildlife habitats have been restored along 20 miles of the worst impacted shoreline. About 15,000 bags of trash (roughly 150 tons!) have been removed. Many other objects are too large to fit into trash bags such as basketballs, propane gas tanks, hot water heaters, car parts, pesticide sprayers, gasoline cans, and pails of industrial adhesives. In addition, volunteers have rolled 4,600 tires, many still on rims, to boats and off again at boat ramps to stack for pick up by Bridgestone Americas Tires 4Ward Program.