South Carolina Beach Sweep, River Sweep returns this weekend

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The 24th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep will cleanup beaches statewide and is slated for Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. until noon.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses. All necessary supplies are provided.

Last year over 3,000 volunteers removed 20 tons of debris at 200 locations statewide. In its 23-year history, nearly 1,100 tons of litter have been collected and recycled when possible.

Here is a list of sites in the tri-county area:

Berkeley County
Various boat landings
Stacy Harris
(843) 572-4400
(843) 719-2676   map link

Dorchester County
Jessen boat landing, Ashley River
Sawill Creek/Greenway at Luden Road
Colonial Dorchester State Park
Carolyn Tomlinson
(843) 832-0070
(843) 297-2829 (cell)

Old Santee Canal Park / Biggin Creek     
Mary Bell
(843) 761-8000 x 5216   map link

Jeremy Creek in the village - Cleanup on Sept. 22
Cheves Leland
(843) 887-3404    map link

Bull Island
Coastal Expeditions
(843) 884-7684    map link

Isle of Palms
Stacey Johnson
(843) 886-0687    map link

Sullivan's Island - Cleanup starts at 10am
Olivia Williams
(843) 883-3123 x50    map link

Mt. Pleasant     
Shem Creek - land-based cleanup
Kelly Cousino
(843) 884-1229    map link

Pickett Recreation Area (Old Pitt St. bridge)
Kent Prause
(843) 884-1229    map link

Ben Sawyer causeway
Dionna Ebeling
(843) 375-5462
cell (843) 870-4364    map link

Waterfront Park
Edward Evans 
(843) 762-0625    map link

Colonial Lake park
Michael Master
(843) 965-5497    map link

Charleston-area Creeks, Rivers, and Marshes 
Ashley River
Coast Guard base to Bristol Marina
Stuart Robertson
(843) 278-4934

Marsh area under Harborview Rd. exit, James Island
Pam Ferguson
(843) 437-7513    map link

Longbranch Creek out to Stono River
and marsh area behind Clemson Experimental Station
Clyde Umphlet
(843) 343-7074

Longbranch Creek, by Hwy. 17
Doug Thomas
(843) 224-5314    map link

Ashley River at Middleton Place
Luke Pope
(843) 300-8706

Marsh areas under Cosgrove Bridge – Cleanup starts at 2pm
Jennifer Scales
(843) 579-7501    map link

Upper Wando River to Horlbeck Creek – 526 bridge to 41 bridge
Brad Kerr 
(843) 991-2626    map link

Folly Island
Folly Beach
Marty Morganello    map link

Mariner's Cay Racket and Yacht Club 
Sharon Geiger
(843) 607-2785    map link

Kiawah Island   
Bradley Schmoll
(843) 819-1071    map link

Edisto River
Good Hope Landing, Long Creek Landing, T.W. Messervy Landing
Marcus Sizemore
(803) 367-6222    map link (PDF)

Edisto Island / Edisto Island State Park
Ida Tipton - FRESPACE
(843) 869-4422    map link


There are other locations in need of volunteers, for a complete list of coastal site captains and cleanup locations, head here.