Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Daniel Island River Sweep

Audubon South Carolina volunteers and Daniel Island, SC residents will be participating in the 19th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep scheduled for Saturday, September 8th from 9 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

We’ll clean the shorelines of Daniel Island along the Wando River by the Children’s Park. Due to scheduling conflicts, we will be getting a week's headstart on thousands of people across the state when they participate in South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches and waterways. Last year, nearly 5,000 South Carolinians helped remove 33.5 tons of litter and debris from our state’s rivers, swamps, beaches, lakes, marshes, and creeks!

Here are the highlights from the last year's Daniel Island cleanup:

  • 9/16/06, 9 am - 11 am
  • 46 people working (1 Audubon employee, 10 Daniel Island residents, 35 non-resident Charleston County School of the Arts parents, students or staff)
  • 75 trash bags
  • approx. 800 lbs of trash (including 2 truck tires, landscaping mesh, paint buckets, railroad rails, man-size buoy)
  • the vast majority of the litter consisted of beverage containers followed closely by food containers and utensils
  • 2.0 hrs of work to clean 0.5 mile along the Wando River edge of Daniel Island (most of this was City of Charleston Parks Department property)
  • trash was divided into recyclable and non-recyclable piles and removed to the appropriate facility by the City of Charleston

All participants should meet at the Children’s Park on River Landing Dr. at 9:00 a.m.

An Audubon South Carolina staff member will be at the site to provide directions, trash bags and water. Participants should bring work gloves and be prepared to get their feet wet and muddy. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are recommended along with sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent.

The statewide event is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Beach Sweep River Sweep is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. The 2006 results for this site can be found (line 32) here and images can be found here.

If you would like to participate at this site or need further information, including maps and directions, please contact: Mark Musselman at Audubon South Carolina (843) 462-2150, mmusselman@audubon.org.

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