Fifty-seven volunteers participated in the annual South Carolina River Sweep along the Chattooga and Chauga rivers, picking up 120 bags of trash weighing in at a total of 460 pounds.
The annual River Sweep along the Chattooga and Chauga rivers in Oconee County is organized by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and has been held for the past 12 consecutive years. Volunteers worked from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 30 cleaning the Chattooga and Chauga rivers. Trash was collected from many areas along the rivers including Cassidy Bridge, Land’s Bridge, Blackwell’s Bridge, Vernor Mill Bridge, Hells Hold and Grapevine.
Forty-seven of the 57 volunteers at the River Sweep are members of the West-Oak High School JROTC under the direction of Maj. Dan Kisel and Command Sgt. Maj. Tony Honea. This group is to be commended for its dedication to keeping Oconee County waterways clean, according to DNR Law Enforcement Officer Ron Hedden. During the past six years, West-Oak JROTC has collected more than a ton of trash with young volunteers participating in the River Sweeps.
“The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work in this most important clean-up effort,” said Hedden. “Also, both organizations are extremely grateful for the generosity extended to this event by the Queen Family of Mountain Rest.