Clyde officials clean waterways, look ahead to 'Big Sweep'
Clyde Town officials came together Saturday, Sept. 7 to make Clyde a nicer place to live by rolling up their sleeves and conducting the first stream cleanup event. The Town adopted the stream next to the Clyde Fire Station as part of Haywood Waterways’ Adopt-A-Stream program. Participating organizations “adopt” streams to clean up trash and improve water quality.
After only two hours, eight town members and one from HomeTrust Bank had removed 80 pounds of trash from the small tributary of the Pigeon River. Most of the trash was plastic in the form of soda bottles and shopping bags.
“The Town of Clyde wants to be an advocate for stream clean-up,” said Joy Garland, town administrator. “We had a great time on Saturday and we appreciate the efforts of all volunteers that participated in our clean up. We look forward to future opportunities to keep our streams clean.”
Trash ends up in our streams several ways. The bulk enters through storm drains. Litter and the accidental trash from cars is washed by rain water into storm drains, and once there, this water is carried, untreated, to the nearest waterway. Much of the trash, particularly plastics, can take hundreds of years to decompose. Besides being ugly, trash is bad for wildlife and can clog storm drains and pipes, which can cause flooding as well as problems for water users such as industry and agriculture.
Haywood County is unique because it is a headwater county, meaning no water flows into it due to the county line being on top of the mountain ridges. All of Haywood County’s water comes from rainfall. Nationwide there are only a handful of counties that can say the same. This means the citizens of Haywood County have total control over the quality of water.
If you want to help keep Haywood County water the best it can be, please adopt a stream or join the Big Sweep Event. Every year, citizens come together and participate in this state-wide steam cleanup. Haywood County’s Big Sweep event will be held Saturday, Sept. 21. If you are interested in participating, contact Christine at Christine.email@example.com or 550-4869.