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Duke Energy Cleans Lakes and Rivers during Big Sweep No. 11, 2008

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A total of 518 Duke Energy employees and local community volunteers collected more than 90,000 pounds of trash during Big Sweep in North Carolina and South Carolina. This is approximately the weight of 14 large sport utility vehicles.

“Participation in Big Sweep is a wonderful way for individuals or organizations such as civic, scouts, and church groups, to help improve the quality of our lakes and shorelines simply by removing trash,” said Ken Manuel, a Duke Energy senior scientist, and leader of the companywide effort. “Be involved with an organization or go on your own with your family or a friend any time of the year and make a difference in helping keep our environment clean.” 

The amount of trash collected in the rivers and waterways this year was slightly less than in recent years, Manuel said. Last year, about 92,000 pounds of litter was collected. Some of the most common items found included car tires, waterlogged styrofoam floats, plastic containers, bottles, drink cans and toys. One team was able to save several catfish hung on a fishing line that apparently had not been checked for a while.

The purpose of Big Sweep is to rid the states’ lakes, streams, waterways and shorelines of litter. While most scheduled cleanups occur in September and October, local events are held throughout the year. Duke Energy’s effort is part of a larger statewide Big Sweep program, with the official Big Sweep day being Oct. 4. 

To find out more about cleanups in North Carolina, visit In South Carolina, visit
Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 19,000 net megawatts of electricity to approximately 2.4 million electric customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers and natural gas service to approximately 520,000 customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 net megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 net megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

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