Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water clearing streams to prevent flooding in your neighborhood


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) — The sound of water can be soothing But there’s nothing relaxing about finding trash in the stream off of Kildare Drive in the Shannon Park neighborhood.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of garbage in our streams,” Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Supervisor David Caldwell said. 

“It’s surprising the kind of things you find in there like, we found 6 bikes,” Volunteer Andrew Hill said.

The volunteers finding s shopping cart, a car hood and a whole role of fence in the waters. All things that harm and pollute our streams but could cause flooding in your neighborhood.

“It gets all clogged up in the streams and then when it rains it causes flooding. So, we are trying to get it out of our streams and luckily we have a lot of volunteers to help us out today,” Caldwell said.

About 60 volunteers were waddling through the stream and picking up trash, people may not even know could reach a stream that run behind your home.

“Somebody could throw a piece of paper two blocks away from a stream and eventually that piece of paper, or that bag, or whatever it is that they’ve thrown away, will make it that way, two blocks into the stream,” Hill said. 

“So everything that you do will somehow affect water quality,” Caldwell said. 

These monthly events can help to undo a lot of the harm. Volunteers that come out feel they are not only doing something good for the environment but also keeping their communities safe from over flowing waters.

“I think it teaches my son good life skills and things along those lines and that why we do it.” Hill said.

It’s a dirty job but it has to be done, to keep our streams moving smoothly.

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