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
Myrtle Beach Travel Park
KMolter@mbtravelpark.com Map Link
Wyndham SeaWatch Plantation beach
email@example.com Map Link
67th Ave. N. to 82nd Ave. N.
Michael.Williams@hgtc.edu Map Link
40th Ave. N. to 67th Ave. N.
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
30th Ave. N. to 40th Ave. N.
email@example.com Map Link
8th Ave. N. to 2nd Ave. N.
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Ocean Blvd. between cross streets of 9th Ave. N. and 12th Ave. N.
(843) 916-0888 ext. 3223
email@example.com Map Link
Wyndham Ocean Boulevard
410 S. Ocean Blvd. beachfront
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Myrtle Beach State Park
Ann Malys Wilson
email@example.com Map Link
Waccamaw River, Peachtree landing and Enterprise landing
Chris and Jane Ochsenbein
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Waccamaw River, Conway Waterfront and boat landings
email@example.com Map Link
Waccamaw River from Little Savannah Landing to Black Slough
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map Link
Huntington Beach State Park
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
North Litchfield and Litchfield beaches
email@example.com Map Link
Pawley's Island beach, creek, marsh, and boat landings
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map Link
Sampit River, City of Georgetown
Morgan Park to Stewart Parker house
CThompson@cogsc.com Map Link
Jeremy Creek in the village
Meet at Town Boat Landing
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Wambaw Creek Echaw 204 Bridge Landing
email@example.com Map Link
Various boat landings on Lake Moultrie
SMcCarthy-Smith@bcwsa.com Map Link
Old Santee Canal Park / Biggin Creek
(843) 761-8000 x 5216
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Daniel Island shoreline
Wando River side from South of 526 on down
Andrea True Kelly
email@example.com Map Link
Jessen Boat Landing, Ashley River
(843) 297-2829 (cell)
CTomlinson@dorchestercounty.net Map Link
Givhans Ferry and Mars Oldfield landings, and Colleton State Park
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map Link
Isle of Palms
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
David Desplaces and Troop 15
email@example.com Map Link
Land-based cleanup on the Vickery's side of Shem Creek,
Mt. Pleasant Dock/ pier restroom area.
Hillary Repik and Brett Champion
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Water-based cleanup on Shem Creek
email@example.com Map Link
Pickett Recreation Area (Old Pitt St. bridge)
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map Link
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Charleston-area Creeks, Rivers, and Marshes
Marsh areas under Cosgrove Bridge
email@example.com Map Link
Cooper River Marina
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Marsh area under Harborview Rd. exit, James Island
email@example.com Map Link
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
Put-in at Palmetto Islands County Park
and meet near Brickyard Boat Landing.
Look for site capt. on yellow paddle board
to get bags and float plan.
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
Map Link (Beach Sweep) Map Link (River Sweep)
Good Hope Landing, Long Creek Landing, Martin's Landing, and Westbank Landing
email@example.com Map Link
Messervy Landing to Nature Adventures Outpost
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Edisto Island / Edisto Island State Park / Botany Bay
Ida Tipton - FRESPACE
Tiptonseachef@aol.com Map Link
St. Helena Island
email@example.com Map Link
Gloria and Charlie Mickle
(615) 414-6100 (Gloria)
(615) 268-3167 (Charlie)
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Hunting Island/Hunting Island State Park
email@example.com Map Link
firstname.lastname@example.org Map link
May River at Oyster Factory Park
email@example.com Map Link
Hilton Head Island
Mitchelville Beach Park and Fish Haul Creek
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
Port Royal Plantation beach
email@example.com Map Link
(843) 689-3033 x226
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map Link
Beach near Sea Pines Resort
firstname.lastname@example.org Map Link
email@example.com Map Link