The French Broad River Clean up remains the best volunteer gig in town: a canoe ride down the river, along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and all the garbage bags you can fill. Since the inception of “The Upper French Broad River Clean Up Day” in 1992, the annual river clean-up has netted more than 2,900 garbage bags, 4,500 old tires and roughly 13 additional tons of trash along the upper French Broad. Over 3,000 volunteers have participated in the event, many of them returning year after year.
RESERVATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER SPOT NECESSARY, SPOTS FILL QUICKLY!
Volunteers show up at Headwaters Outfitters at 9:00 am and will be treated to a light breakfast before being shuttled to a launching area in Rosman. Everyone will be assigned canoes (2 people per canoe, no kayaks), paddles, life jackets, and garbage bags. Participants should bring sturdy gloves, river shoes and tools such as long-handled barbecue tongs or trash grabbers to grab trash with. Its always a good idea to bring a change of clothing for afterwards!
After the river clean-up wraps up, volunteers are served a lunch at Headwaters Outfitters. Lunch is a light-hearted affair, with volunteers swapping tales of creatures hitchhiking in garbage bags and unusual finds excavated from the riverbed. Though support for the clean-up has remained steady, new donations of cash or food are always welcome. Feeding all the hungry trash collectors can get expensive. We want to thank and could not do this event without the gracious help of our local business friends. I think they realize, as do we, that the clean-up has an economic as well as an environmental benefit to our community. When the river is pristine-looking visitors come more often, stay longer, and spend more money locally; which helps all of us who live, work, and play here.
To Volunteer OR Sponsor:
To Donate Funds:
Make Checks To: French Broad River Clean Up Fund
Mail To: Headwaters Outfitters
P.O. Box 1057, Rosman, NC 28772