"It's bullhorn time again!"
With those words Ian Robertson, dean of work at Warren Wilson College, began to muster the troops for the 2005 Work Day, the college's annual rite of spring. By the time Robertson raised his bullhorn, several hundred students, faculty, staff and friends of the college had gathered in front of Gladfelter Student Center to decide where on campus they wished to work on that sunny spring afternoon.
This year, in the wake of two 100-year floods last September, the focus was cleanup of the Swannanoa River that flows through the 1,135-acre campus. More than six months after the floods, much debris remained in the river, and rock in the Riverbend pasture. As a result, debris and rock removal became the center of attention for this year's Work Day.
So how much debris was removed from the river on Work Day? Enough to fill two huge, metal waste containers, and part of a third. Just for good measure, another dumpster that had been carried downstream by the September flooding was hauled out of the river by draft horses Belle and Hammer.