Join us for the 28th annual cleanup on Saturday, September 17!
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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!
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
2015 event include: BP Cooper River Plant, 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.
2016 site captains
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
please call or email Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092. Thank you
North Myrtle Beach
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Wyndham Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort beach
Myrtle Beach Travel Park
ACotten@mbtravelpark.com Map Link
Wyndham SeaWatch Plantation beach
email@example.com Map Link
Wyndham Camelot by the Sea Resort beach
Wyndham Ocean Park beach
67th Ave. N. to 82nd Ave. N.
Michael.Williams@hgtc.edu Map Link
30th Ave. N. to 40th Ave. N.
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
8th Ave. N. to 2nd Ave. N.
email@example.com Map Link
Myrtle Beach State Park
Ann Malys Wilson
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Waccamaw River, Peachtree landing and Enterprise landing
Chris and Jane Ochsenbein
email@example.com Map Link
Waccamaw River, Conway Waterfront and boat landings – 2 week cleanup initiative begins Sept. 10
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Waccamaw River from Little Savannah Landing to Black Slough
email@example.com Map Link
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
3-mile stretch just south of Garden City Pier—Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 6
Huntington Beach State Park
email@example.com Map Link
North Litchfield and Litchfield beaches – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 10
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Pawley's Island beach, creek, marsh, and boat landings
email@example.com Map Link
DeBordieu Colony – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 24
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Sampit River, City of Georgetown
– Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 24
Morgan Park to Stewart Parker house
CThompson@cogsc.com Map Link
Jeremy Creek in the village
Meet at Town Boat Landing
email@example.com Map Link
Wambaw Creek Echaw 204 Bridge Landing
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Various boat landings on Lake Moultrie
email@example.com Map Link
Old Santee Canal Park / Biggin Creek
(843) 761-8000 x 5216
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Clouter Creek area around Daniel Island Marina
(843) 881-9804 ext. 3400
Isle of Palms – Email Stacy by Sept. 14 to RSVP
email@example.com Map Link
(843) 883-3123 ext. 221
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Land-based cleanup on the Vickery's side of Shem Creek,
Mt. Pleasant Dock/ pier restroom area.
Hillary Repik and Brett Champion
email@example.com Map Link
Water-based cleanup on Shem Creek
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Pickett Recreation Area (Old Pitt St. bridge)
email@example.com Map Link
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Charleston-area Creeks, Rivers, and Marshes
Marsh areas at Northbridge Park
GilletteJ@charleston-sc.gov Map Link
Marsh area just south of Ashley River bridge on HWY 17S – Cleanup scheduled for Oct. 8
Marsh area under Harborview Rd. exit, James Island – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 16
email@example.com Map Link
Ft. Johnson – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 24
Longbranch Creek out to Stono River
and marsh area behind Clemson Experimental Station
LibertymarineSC@aol.com Map Link
Upper Wando River, Horlbeck Creek to Little Cat Island
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Folly Island/Folly Beach
email@example.com Map Link
Mariner's Cay Racket and Yacht Club
Folly River and Marsh
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Messervy Landing to Nature Adventures Outpost
email@example.com Map Link
Edisto Island / Edisto Island State Park / Botany Bay
Ida Tipton - FRESPACE
Tiptonseachef@aol.com Map Link
St. Helena Island
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Gloria and Charlie Mickle
(615) 414-6100 (Gloria)
(615) 268-3167 (Charlie)
email@example.com Map Link
Hunting Island/Hunting Island State Park – Cleanup scheduled for Sept. 10
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map link
May River at Oyster Factory Park
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Hilton Head Island
Mitchelville Beach Park and Fish Haul Creek
email@example.com Map Link
Port Royal Plantation beach
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
(843) 689-3033 x226
email@example.com Map Link
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Beach near Sea Pines Resort
email@example.com Map Link
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link