The 35th annual Tuck River Cleanup, believed to be the nation’s largest single-day effort to remove garbage from a waterway, will be held Saturday, April 13, between Cullowhee and Whittier.
Kay Tufts, assistant director with Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee and event organizer, said anyone wanting to get involved in the work day to clean up the Tuckaseigee River should register at a sign-in station by the WCU Alumni Tower on the morning of the event, with the first 500 registrants receiving a free T-shirt upon completion of activities.
Rafting participants will be assigned to a raft and provided with a paddle, personal flotation device, trash bags and transportation to and from the river. Those participants should wear shoes that won’t come off in the water (tennis shoes are best, no flip-flops or shower sandals) and are encouraged to eat before registering. There are alternative walking routes for anyone preferring not to raft.
Civic and community groups can get involved with Tuck River Cleanup by contacting Conner White at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information. Last year, Boy Scout Troops 914 and 999, along with the Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Sylva Rotary Club, took part, Tufts said.
Trash Cleanup Rules
A student trash collection competition will be held for most trash by weight and there will be a drawing for door prizes donated by local businesses.