Beach/River Sweep is this Saturday

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Leonardo da Vinci once wrote that “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Here in the Lowcountry, few would – or could – deny the truth of his declaration.
The Atlantic Ocean and its shoreline is our finest draw.
Five rivers weave in, out and around local geography before spilling into Winyah Bay. Old ricefield canals, salt- and freshwater marshes, an endless tangle of creeks and the shade of swamps are – one and all – inextricable parts of this geographic slice of the Palmetto State.
Clearly, keeping our waterways clean is an essential endeavor for maintaining economic sustainability and our overall quality of life.
With that in mind, the public is invited to play a role in an event scheduled for Saturday, September 15.
Anyone can participate – businesses, civic clubs, school and church groups, individuals and families.
Organizers urge participants to dress appropriately, and to bring gloves, boots and bug spray. Trash bags will be provided.
Launched in 1988, Beach Sweep/River Sweep is a cleanup organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
It is the largest one-day volunteer cleanup of its kind, and it always takes place on the third Saturday of September.
Last year over 3,000 volunteers removed 20 tons of litter from the state’s beaches, marshes and waterways.

Murrells Inlet

In Murrells Inlet, creek rats and river rats have joined forces to organize a clean-up to coincide with South Carolina’s Beach Sweep/River Sweep.
Murrells Inlet 2020 is teaming with local partners to host a Creek Sweep and River Sweep on opposite edges of the Inlet.
On the eastern edge of Murrells Inlet – at the marsh’s brink – Murrells Inlet 2020, Captain Dick's, Crazy Sister Marina, Spud's Waterfront Dining and Express Watersports are proudly partnering to "Sweep the Creek."
Participants will meet at the docks at Crazy Sister Marina at 8:45 a.m. 
Kayaks will be available for volunteers to use.
River rats should head to the Inlet’s western edge – the river – where Christine Ellis and her colleagues at Waccamaw Riverkeeper have planned the Second Annual Fall Community Clean-Up of Wacca Wache’s Boat Landing.
They are embracing support from the Wacca Wache Marina and its popular restaurant, Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana.
If the Waccamaw River is important to you, show up and clean up. Participants will meet at Hannah Banana's back door at 8:45 a.m.

Beach sweep contacts

Beach bums with a conscience can choose a convenient place to hit the beach by contacting one of the following coordinators:

• Pawleys Island
Frank Johnson
(843) 340-1717
**New contact/site captain*

• Huntington Beach State Park
Mike Walker
(843) 235-8755 
**New contact/site captain**

• Pawleys Island
South Causeway of Pawleys and Hagley boat landing on Waccamaw River
Frank Johnson
(843) 340-1717
**New contact/site captain**

• Prince George beach
Shannon Guy
(843) 237-1120

• Georgetown County
Sampit River, City of Georgetown
Morgan Park to Stewart Parker house
Cindy Thompson-Keep Georgetown Beautiful
(843) 545-4100
**New contact/site captain and location**

• Mingo Creek
Phyllis Jordan or Jessica Jordan
(843) 546-0562

• DeBordieu Colony
Blanche Brown
(843) 527-4436

South Carolina is fortunate to claim such a wealth of aquatic resources.
Our state's economy thrives on the tourism industry.
Few people can imagine a future when children or grandchildren won't be able to enjoy our beaches … when they won't fish or go boating … when they won’t know the joys of paddleboarding and kayaking.
Experts tell us the consequences of our disposable society is catching up with us far more quickly than we realize.
Seeing the effects of aquatic debris by participating in the cleanup is sure to be a wake-up call for adults and kids alike.

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