Upcoming Volunteer Events

Annual Lake James Cleanup- Burke Side

Saturday, March 19th @ 8AM (boat captains), 9 AM (other volunteers)

Lake James State Park- Paddys Creek- Meet at the covered pavilion at the end of the parking lot at the beach access.

Contact John Stiene (828) 584-6948 or Howard Morgan (828) 438-7003 for more details and if you plan to attend.

Kids in the Creek

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Spring 2022

Again this school year LJEA is offering our KITC activities to schools in the Lake James Watershed and is in need of volunteers at all levels of experience. Any amount of days or time that you are willing to participate will help us assure the best events possible. The Education Committee and others have worked hard already to make these events as meaningful and safe for all involved. Of course, we will be using procedures and the latest information to protect everyone from the COVID-19 virus, including vaccinations and/or recent tests, masks, and distancing. School procedures will dictate how we proceed, of course. 
The program is completely dependent on volunteers to be successful.  One of the biggest benefits of KITC is students meeting the wide variety of individuals who believe protecting our waters is very important and have ‘’Pride in What We Have’’ and want to pass it on. Please volunteer any amount of time you have open for these activities, even if you just want to observe. 

In school stations include:

Enviroscape Model

Groundwater model

Posters of water topics and issues with teacher generated work sheets. 

Water quality problems, like trash and invasive aquatic and terrestrial plants, might also be included in a station.  

In the Catawba River stations include:

Macroinvertebrate sampling

Stream Flow: gathering data and calculating volume per unit of time of the river. Math teachers will be on hand. 

Water Chemistry: using electronic probes to determine the properties of the river water. 

History will have speakers on the history of the Catawba in McDowell County. 

Dates of Scheduled Activities (check back regularly for more additions):

East McDowell Middle

In the Catawba- Date TBD

West McDowell West Middle 

In the Catawba- Date TBD

Please contact Education Committee co-chairs Jack Raker ([email protected]) or Tracy Childers ([email protected]) to volunteer or for more information. This is a very rewarding experience, as evidenced by the volunteers who keep coming back year after year. We hope you'll be a part of this wonderful opportunity to help educate the next generation on the value of protecting water quality and having pride in our natural surroundings!