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Beach Sweep / River Sweep

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Please join us for the 29th annual cleanup on Saturday, September 16, 2017!

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See the SCDNR River Sweep Web site for more information on inland cleanups and results.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina's largest one-day volunteer cleanup event of its kind. Every 3rd Saturday in September, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris. The cleanup, organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has taken place annually since 1988 - when Sea Grant first started it. The Sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. Once the Sweep is over, the Ocean Conservancy tallies all of the debris data. This data helps us learn the sources of litter so we can stop pollution before it starts.

Why pick up trash?

There's always going to be garbage, right? What difference does it make?

Aquatic debris is dangerous. Seeing the effects of it first-hand, by participating in the cleanup, can demonstrate that. Litter is a danger to our wildlife, our safety, and our economy.

South Carolina is lucky to have such a vast amount of wonderful aquatic resources. We are home to a diverse wildlife population. Our state's economy thrives on the tourism industry. However, if we don't care for our natural resources, they simply won't be there. Can you imagine a future in which your children or grandchildren won't be able to enjoy our beaches? Won't fish? Or boat? If we don't address the consequences of our throwaway, disposable lifestyle now, these grim possibilities could become our reality, experts tell us. Don't let it happen!

Sponsorship opportunities

It's never too early to get involved! The cleanup depends solely upon the generosity of its sponsors. The Sweep would not take place without contributions, whether in-kind or monetary. Major sponsors for the 2017 event include: BP Cooper River Plant, Budget Dumpster, Coastal Expeditions, Nature Adventures Outfitters, Ocean Conservancy, The Charleston City Marina and Boatyard, and Walmart Market #34. If you or your organization would like to sponsor this vital program, please contact Susan Ferris Hill, for details. Contributions to Beach Sweep/River Sweep may be tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!

Want to be a site captain?

Perhaps you know of an area that needs attention. Why not coordinate a cleanup for that site? Check the list of sites cleaned below, and remember that not all of the site may have received attention. If your place is not listed, we could use your help. It's not hard; we have site captains who have been with us since the very first cleanup! We provide all the supplies you need, detailed instructions and information, volunteers, publicity, and a free Beach Sweep/River Sweep t-shirt. Contact Beach Sweep, to learn how. There is no better feeling than knowing you've made a difference where it counts.

Have other ideas about how to help? Want more information?
E-mail Beach Sweep or call (843) 953-2078.

2017 site captains
If you know the area you'd like to clean, contact the site captain below and join their group! If you want to clean an area that's NOT LISTED BELOW, please call or email Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092. Thank you

North Myrtle Beach
Gregg Barnhill
(843) 280-5673     Map Link

Wyndham Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort beach
Anna Bowers
(843) 445-5957

Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach Travel Park
Annie Cotten Schiffmacher
(843) 449-2733     Map Link

Wyndham SeaWatch Plantation beach
Eileen Schweda     Map Link

67th Ave. N. to 82nd Ave. N.
Mike Williams      Map Link

40th Ave. N. to 67th Ave. N.
Shari Carr
(843) 222-6998    Map Link

30th Ave. N. to 40th Ave. N.
Pat Pierce      Map Link

8th Ave. N. to 2nd Ave. N. beachfront
Amanda Sturgeon
(843) 267-4511      Map Link

Wyndham Ocean Boulevard beach
410 S. Ocean Blvd.
Heather Merritt
(843) 281-3318    Map Link

Myrtle Beach State Park
Ann Malys Wilson
(843) 238-0874      Map Link

Waccamaw River
Chris and Jane Ochsenbein
(843) 503-3276    Map Link

Waccamaw River from Little Savannah Landing to Black Slough
Biff Johnson
(843) 742-0402     Map Link

Surfside Beach

Debbie Ellis
(843) 913-6339      Map Link

Georgetown County
Huntington Beach State Park
Mandi Di Bella
(843) 235-8755       Map Link

North Litchfield and Litchfield beaches – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 9
Lisa Gallo
(973) 953-3599     Map Link

Pawley's Island beach, creek, marsh, and boat landings
Frank Johnson
(843) 340-1717      Map Link

DeBordieu Colony – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 23
Blanche Brown
(843) 527-4436      Map Link

Sampit River, City of Georgetown
Morgan Park to Stewart Parker house
Cindy Thompson
(843) 545-4100     Map Link

Jeremy Creek in the village – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 9
Meet at Town Boat Landing
Allie Kreutzer
(843) 887-3323      Map Link

Berkeley County
Various boat landings on Lake Moultrie
Sarah McCarthy-Smith
(843) 719-2383     Map Link

Daniel Island shoreline
Wando River side from South of 526 on down
Andrea True Kelly
(919) 943-5023     Map Link

Clouter Creek area around Daniel Island Marina
Lisa Horner
(843) 881-9804 ext. 3400

Sam Steinke
(434) 738-8985

Dorchester County
Givhans Ferry State Park, Mars Oldfield boat landing, and Colleton State Park
Dave Are

Sullivan's Island – Cleanup starts at 12:00 p.m.
Paula Ogden-Muse     Map Link

Mt. Pleasant
Land-based cleanup on the Vickery's side of Shem Creek,
Mt. Pleasant Dock/ pier restroom area.
Hillary Repik or Charlie Hansen
(843) 856-2157       Map Link

Water-based cleanup on Shem Creek
Elizabeth Anderegg
(843) 568-3222      Map Link

Waterfront Park
Edward Evans (843) 762-0625      Map Link

Charleston-area Creeks, Rivers, and Marshes 
Marsh area just south of Ashley River bridge on HWY 17S
Pam Ferguson  (843) 792-6321

Jamie Gillette   (843) 579-7501

Marsh area under Harborview Rd. exit, James Island – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 15
Jane Byrne
(843) 819-8890    Map Link

Ft. Johnson
Land-based cleanup
Michelle Pate
(843) 953-9087

Upper Wando River, Horlbeck Creek to Little Cat Island
Brad Kerr
(843) 991-2626     Map Link

Folly Island/Folly Beach – Cleanup time is 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
EV Bell
(843) 953-2085     Map Link

Mariner's Cay Racket and Yacht Club
Folly River and Marsh
Teresa Marshall
(828) 553-4670      Map Link

Kiawah Island
Bradley Schmoll
(843) 819-1071    
Map Link (Beach Sweep)       Map Link (River Sweep)

Edisto River
Marcus Sizemore
(803) 367-6222

Edisto Island
Ida Tipton - FRESPACE
(843) 869-4422      Map Link

Harbor Island

Gloria and Charlie Mickle
(615) 414-6100 (Gloria)
(615) 268-3167 (Charlie)       Map Link

Hunting Island/Hunting Island State Park
Phil Hodges or Beth Glass     Map Link

Fripp Island
Jessica Miller
(843) 838-1516      Map link

May River at Oyster Factory Park
Beth Lewis
(843) 706-4559      Map Link

Hilton Head Island
Mitchelville Beach Park and Fish Haul Creek
Kathy Weatherhead
(843) 342-3029      Map Link

Burke's Beach
Carlos Chacon
(843) 689-3033 x226      Map Link

Coligny Beach
Phyllis Neville
(843) 681-3646    Map Link

Beach near Sea Pines Resort
Jen Westerfeld
(843) 842-1979       Map Link

Daufuskie Island
Yvonne Clemons      Map Link

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Last updated: 8/10/2017 4:02:40 PM
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