Since 2011, members of the Lake Wylie Rotary Club get together in the Spring and Fall to help clean up an area of Lake Wylie near the Crowder’s Creek bridge. The club formally participates in York County’s Adopt-a-Stream program. The program is a citizen-based monitoring and litter prevention initiative intended to protect the health and beauty of our local waterways. In the Spring, the club partners with the Clover High School Interact Club.
During the Fall cleanup, the club participates in Lake Wylie Riversweep, the largest organized cleanup effort on Lake Wylie. Every year, approximately 30 tons of trash are dumped in and around Lake Wylie. In 2020, Riversweep was a successful event that included: 1897 bags of trash collected, 2 TV’s, 1 message in a jar (with money!), lots of kid toys, three shopping carts, 253 pieces of lumber and 2,000 pounds of recyclables! In partnership with the Lake Wylie Marine Commission, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has been organizing the annual Lake Wylie Riversweep. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is the only non-profit, on the water advocate for the entire Catawba-Wateree River Basin..
The Catawba River and it’s tributaries serves 26 counties in the Carolina’s. It is known as the “hardest working river in America” because it provides more electricity per mile than any other river in the United States. With 8,900 miles of rivers, creeks and streams, the Catawba River Basin provides drinking water and electricity to more than 3 million people.