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#07-264 September 17, 2007

Beach Sweep/River Sweep set for scenic Broad River

The 99-Islands Duke Power facility and the Broad Scenic River Advisory Council in upper South Carolina are seeking extra volunteers to help with landing clean-ups in Cherokee County.

An opportunity to help will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 when the Youngs Grove Baptist Church will clean up the Gaston Shoals and Big Bay Landings from 9 am to noon. Another opportunity to help will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18 when the Broad Scenic River Advisory Council will clean up the Scenic Broad River/Duke Power Access Landings on the Cherokee County side of the river from 10 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at the respective landings at the times listed above. The cleanups will end at about noon, rain or shine.

For more information about the September Broad River "sweep" in Cherokee or York Counties; contact Odell Young at (864) 489-8663 or Mary Crockett with the S.C. Department of Natural resources in Columbia at (803) 734-9111, e-mail CrockettM@dnr.sc.gov.

Trash bags will be supplied. Volunteers need to bring their own rake, gloves, and water. Any volunteers are welcome to assist those groups in cleaning landings along the Broad Scenic River.
Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual nationwide cleanup of our waterways that takes place in September.  Thousands of volunteers take part in Beach Sweep/River Sweep in South Carolina; it is the largest cleanup of aquatic litter and debris. Anyone can participate including businesses, clubs, civic organizations, school and church groups, families or individuals who wish to contribute to the conservation of our waterways.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) work together to coordinate the statewide event. This year, 36 out of 46 counties, in the Upstate, through the Midlands and to the Lowcountry, have Beach Sweep/River Sweep volunteers cleaning waterways in their communities.

During the past 18 years, South Carolinians and visitors to the state helped remove an average of 50 tons of litter and aquatic debris from our waterways each year. If you would like to take part in this worthwhile effort, contact David Lansbury, inland coordinator, at (843) 953-9335 or LansburyD@dnr.sc.gov, or Susan Ferris Hill, coastal coordinator, at (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday each September. Eighty-eight countries, along with all 50 U.S. states and several territories, were involved last year. Anyone can participate—individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses. All necessary supplies are provided.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.
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