FOLKS NEEDS YOU!
Click HERE or call the office at (864) 882-3655 to volunteer to join others in protecting Lake Keowee. Since 1994 FOLKS has kept Lake Keowee Clean.
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There is a week set aside in the spring and fall for the event. About 100 boats go out and collect whatever trash they find along their designated section of the 370 mile shoreline.
The large plastic bags are provided by Duke Energy. The location of any very large items is reported to Duke Energy Lake Services (DELS) and they have a contractor pick up these large pieces. The bags collected by the volunteers are dropped off at the closest Duke Energy Access Area and are collected by their maintenance employees.Most of the trash comes from packaging for picnics, diapers, broken plastic rafts, and some “unmentionables”. Hundreds of bags are collected each year and the total since 1994 ranges up into the tens of thousands!
FOLKS is always looking for additional volunteers for Lake Sweep as it is vital to keep the thousands of pounds of trash out of this beautiful lake. Trash affects not only the beauty of being on Lake Keowee but can damage boats and is harmful to fish.
It's another service provided by FOLKS to the people of Oconee and Pickens county to help maintain the single most valuable asset of this area. Please join us!
ADOPT AN ISLAND
The Adopt an Island program began in December 2009 with a grant check presented to then President Bill Graham and Idea Champion, Jack Lewis. The funding provided for producing new aluminum island signs which were “planted” in concrete by a group of volunteers led by Jack. The GPS coordinates of the Island number signs were given to DNR as well as the Oconee County Marine Patrol so boaters having a problem could cite the island number nearby and the patrols would know where to go to assist. Although not official navigation aids, they do help boaters get around the lake.
Individuals and HOA’s volunteered to adopt islands and the program was off to a good start. However we are always in need of additional volunteers as others retire from the project. The individuals or group check the island during the official lake sweeps and at least two more times a year as needed. One of the issues is that people are not aware that islands are only for day use and no fires are allowed.
Please consider calling the FOLKS’ office at 882-3655 to find out about adopting an island near you. There are still several islands that need to be adopted! Adopt An Island Report Form PDF - print form, fill out and drop off at FOLKs or email it to
Volunteers measure water clarity and chlorophyll levels on a regular basis. This data provides early warning of potential issues and is utilized to help eliminate or mitigate those problems before they negatively impact the entire lake.
While DHEC samples Lake Keowee water periodically, only FOLKS maintains on-going water testing programs. This key activity is a meaningful contribution to the long term health, clarity and high quality of this lake that everyone loves.
FOLKS has implemented EPA/SCDHEC grants exceeding $750,000 since 1999 and led Duke Energy's relicensing effort to include Source Water Protection Program funded with $1,000,000 by Duke Energy. Volunteers take samples at various locations on a regular schedule and perform laboratory testing for Chlorophyll "a", a nutrient indicator.
Join your neighbors in helping keep Lake Keowee clean, clear, safe and beautiful!
FOLKS always needs help with writing, editing, layout, production liaison, mailing, and soliciting advertising. The Sentinel is an excellent publication with a focused demographic of lakeside residents -- an advertiser's dream!
FOLKS has various committees that always needs volunteers including Membership, Legislative, Public Relations, and Ombudsman, and Fundraising.