Adopt-A-Stream is making progress

By Haywood Waterways Association | Jun 16, 2014
Photo by: Christine O'Brien Students from Haywood Community College jump in to help clean up Richland Creek.

Haywood Waterways’ Adopt-A-Stream program has been making a difference this spring. Since January seven groups have removed 1,715 pounds of trash from Lake Junaluska, Pigeon River at the Canton Recreational Park, Allens Creek, Richland Creek and Campbell Creek. Most of the trash was composed of plastic bottles and shopping bags. Some of the larger items included bedding, a kiddy pool, shingles, tires, shopping carts and a boat motor.

Most of the trash travels by way of stormdrain systems, where it is dumped in to the nearest waterway, untreated and unfiltered.

Trash not only takes from the beauty of the landscape, but can clog intake pipes for drinking water supplies and irrigation operations, interfere with recreation and harm wildlife.  Keeping trash out of rivers and streams is easier and safer than removing it. Proper trash disposal is the key to keeping streams beautiful and safe for everyone.

Haywood Waterways started the Adopt-A-Stream program in response to the litter problem in Haywood County streams.  Since the program started in 2009, 12.8 tons of trash has been removed from local streams.

Haywood Waterways is recruiting new organizations and volunteers to participate. They provide gloves, bags and a personalized sign to hang on the adopted section.

For more information or to sign up, contact Christine O’Brien at or 476-4667.