The big sweep

Published 8:33 pm Friday, September 28, 2012

The days are getting shorter, the nights, there’s a bit of chill in the air. Though the official first day of fall was Sept. 22, the season often doesn’t kick in (weather-wise) for a few weeks. But now that the fall effect is starting to be felt, it’s time to get cracking: just as spring is the time of year for a big clean indoors, fall is the ideal time for a big sweep outdoors.
Two events in October offer locals an opportunity to help clean up — by the community, for the community. On Oct. 5, you can spend a day on the river, picking up the things that make the river un-beautiful at the Big Sweep River Roving Cleanup with the N.C. Estuarium in Washington. Oct. 20, head out with the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation to clean up the waterways at the Big Sweep River Cleanup starting in Havens Gardens. All you have to do is show up with appropriate clothing (old clothes and close-toed shoes) and a pair of work gloves.
Make the most of the season and help keep our little section of America beautiful.
For more information on Big Sweep events and how you can help, visit To sign up for the River Roving Cleanup, call the Estuarium at 252-948-0000. To learn about PTRF’s Big Sweep River Cleanup, visit