Daniel Island River Sweep
***image1***A Star Wars light saber, an apartment door, a fax machine, and yes, even the kitchen sink are among just some of the unusual items found during Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the largest one-day cleanup of the state’s waterways scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources work together to coordinate the statewide event.
Volunteers will clean the Cooper River along the western edge of Daniel Island across from the State Ports Authority’s port expansion at the former naval base. These volunteers will join thousands of people across the state in South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches and waterways. Last year nearly 3,000 South Carolinians helped remove 11 tons of litter and aquatic debris from our state’s rivers, swamps, beaches, lakes, marshes, and creeks.
Volunteers on shore will bag the trash while volunteers in kayaks will shuttle the trash to a barge donated by Salmons Dredging Corp.
Bishop England students and art teacher Amy Johnson contributed to the effort by painting signs to delineate the beach sections (Eagle, Osprey, Heron, Kingfisher, Warbler, Sparrow) for the river sweep.
Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses. (Please note: This site is not recommended for young children due to possible injuries caused by needle rush.) Gloves will be provided for the first 20 volunteers to arrive and plenty of trash bags and eye protection will be available. Volunteers are asked to meet at the end of Grand Council Street (near cell phone tower) at 8:45 a.m. to receive supplies and instructions.
If you would like to participate at this site or need further information, including maps and directions, please contact: Mark Musselman at Audubon South Carolina, (843) 462-2150; e-mail: email@example.com.
Over the past 16 years, South Carolinians and visitors to the state helped remove an average of 50 tons of litter and aquatic debris from our waterways each year. If you would like to take part in this worthwhile effort, please contact Inland Coordinator Alison Krepp at (843) 953-9335 or KreppA@dnr.sc.gov, or Coastal Coordinator Susan Ferris at (843) 727-2078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This year, 36 out of 46 counties, in the upstate, through the midlands and to the lowcountry, have Beach Sweep/River Sweep volunteers cleaning waterways in their communities. “Our local coordinators, called site captains, have volunteered to lead both land-based and water-based cleanups in a variety of areas from boat landings and other recreational areas, to lakes, rivers, creeks, marshes and beaches,” said Krepp.
Beach Sweep/River Sweep is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday each September. Eighty-eight countries, including all 50 U.S. states and several territories were involved last year. Anyone can participate- individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses. All necessary supplies are provided. “While we have a lot of areas covered, we still need volunteers, especially for needy locations like marshes, creeks and rivers,” said Ferris.