Representatives from the town of Clyde and HomeTrust Bank removed 80 pounds of trash Saturday, Sept. 7, from the small tributary of the Pigeon River. It was the town’s first waterway cleanup since it adopted the stream next to the Clyde Fire Station as part of Haywood Waterways’ Adopt A Stream program. Participating organizations “adopt” a stream to clean up its trash and improve its water quality.
It took about two hours for the group of nine to collect the trash, which was mostly plastic soda bottles and shopping bags.
A larger stream-cleaning event, Haywood County’s Big Sweep, will be held on Sept. 21. Haywood Waterways is recruiting volunteers to help.
Trash ends up in streams several ways, with the bulk entering through storm drains. Litter and trash from cars is washed by rain into streams and rivers. Much of the trash, particularly plastics, can take hundreds of years to decompose. Besides being ugly, trash is bad for wildlife and can clog drains and pipes, which can cause flooding and problems for water users in industry and agriculture.