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Catawba Riverkeeper Offers Covekeeper Training for Lake Wylie

(January 13, 2010) Area residents who are interested in volunteering to protect water quality in Lake Wylie and the Catawba River have a great opportunity to get involved.
New training to become a certified Lake Wylie Covekeeper will be offered by The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF), the environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, and restoration of the rivers, lakes and creeks in the Catawba River basin .
“We’re in a prosperous and expanding region,” said David Merryman, the Catawba Riverkeeper. “The demands on our River will only continue to grow. The goal of this training is to educate citizens about the latest issues confronting our River and to make them comfortable with their rights to prevent further degradation of the public waterways.”
The training program will consist of 8 informational and interactive sessions over an 8-week period, covering a broad range of topics, including:

  • how to recognize the effects of isolated and cumulative water quality degrading activities

  • understanding current natural resource laws and policies

  • implementing protective measures for Lake Wylie and the Catawba River

An orientation session for interested volunteers and program registration will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:30pm at the Red Fez Club in Lake Wylie .  A $25 materials fee will be required to register. 
The eight subsequent sessions will be held weekly, on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, through March 31, 2010, at the Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle .
Training is open to adult residents of York , Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties who are able to volunteer 5 hours per month for Covekeeper activities.  No special skills are required. Volunteers do not need to live on or near Lake Wylie or the Catawba River in order to participate.
Currently, trained Covekeeper volunteers, throughout North and South Carolina , recognize the subtle indicators of degraded water quality and potential problematic sites. These individuals have helped identify and alleviate problems related to sewage spills, shoreline destruction, and chemical and sediment runoff.  However, more volunteers are needed to adequately patrol and protect the Catawba River and its tributaries.  If you are interested in learning about the signs of misuse and overuse, and in participating in a growing community of ordinary people protecting, preserving and enhancing our beautiful and endangered Catawba River, please attend the orientation session on January 27th to learn more.

For more information see the Catawba Riverkeeper web site or contact David Merryman at David@catawbariverkeeper.org or 704-679-9494.

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