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2002 Sweep coastal results and 2002 photos

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September 21 was a beautiful day for the Sweep, and thousands of volunteers statewide turned out to help make our environment cleaner and safer.

325 site captains and nearly 6,000 volunteers cleared over 59 tons of trash from beaches and waterways in South Carolina. Some trash had been waiting over 50 years to be picked up—volunteers at Battery Creek in Beaufort County cleared out 112 old tires from what used to be a dumping area back in the 1950s! Other items of local concern included:

  • Firework debris in the Myrtle Beach area

  • Food rations, flip-flops, and medical supplies, possibly from an active Navy ship, washed ashore in DeBordieu

  • Debris from a sunken shrimp boat washed-up onto a beach in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

  • Misc. trash, styrofoam, and construction material in Charleston harbor

  • Fishing-related debris in several creeks and rivers

Cigarette butts are expected to be the #1 item found on the coast, followed by debris associated with beach-going activities (bottles, cans, plastic ware, and fast food containers), and boating activities (ropes, nets, buoys, and fishing line). Inland, cans, glass bottles, and plastic products are expected to be the top three items collected.

Organizers on the coast really worked hard to tackle the litter problem in our rivers, creeks, and marshes, resulting in more groups than ever before ridding these fragile ecosystems of harmful debris.

Several people have asked, “Is there less litter than last year?,” and the response is that it depends on where you go. Beaches such as Isle of Palms, which recently received Blue Wave status, are cleaner than ever. But our rivers, creeks, and marshes still need a lot of help—the more you look, the more you find. Coastal coordinator Susan Ferris is speaking with SCDHEC’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management about implementing an Adopt-a-Creek program modeled after their successful Adopt-a-Beach program.

Susan Ferris Hill, coastal coordinator, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, (843) 953-2078

 

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2002 Beach Sweep/River Sweep

Coastal South Carolina
People, Pounds, and Miles
State/Terrritory: South Carolina Coordinator Name: Susan Ferris
 
  Land Cleanups
Cleanup Date
Zone Name
Site Name
# People
Weight of Debris Collected lbs or kg
Distance Cleaned
mi or km
Number of Bags Filled
9/21/02
Horry County
Waites Island
22
297 lbs
2.5 miles
27
9/7/02
Horry County
Sunset Beach, N. Myrtle Beach
79
110 lbs
1 mile
25
9/21/02
Horry County
Horseshoe area, N. Myrtle Beach
7
65 lbs
2 miles
20
9/21/02
Horry County
Windy Hill, N. Myrtle Beach
5
2 lbs
.5 mile
1
9/7/02
Horry County
Springmaid Pier, Myrtle Beach
67
135 lbs
1 mile
23
9/21/02
Horry County
9th Ave. N&S, Myrtle Beach
30
168 lbs
4 miles
27
9/7/02
Horry County
Lakewood Campground, Myrtle Beach
60
195 lbs
4 miles
22
9/21/02
Horry County
Myrtle Beach State Park
176
749 lbs
3 miles
71
9/7/02
Horry County
Surfside Beach
196
971 lbs
5 miles
42
9/21/02
Horry County
Garden City
38
231 lbs
2 miles
34
9/21/02
Georgetown County
Huntington Beach State Park
94
470 lbs
5 miles
66
9/21/02
Georgetown County
North Litchfield Beach
24
63 lbs
2.5 miles
15
9/21/02
Georgetown County
Litchfield Beach
10
2000 lbs
6.5 miles
5
9/21/02
Georgetown County
Pawleys Island
9
145 lbs
3.5 miles
20
9/21/02
Georgetown County
DeBordieu
53
1555 lbs
3 miles
73
9/21/02
Berkeley County
Old Santee Canal/Biggin Creek
21
250 lbs
2 miles
12
9/21/02
Berkeley County
Nucor Steel terminal, Cooper River
18
1025 lbs
1 mile
88
9/21/02
Dorchester County
Sawmill Creek
2
40 lbs
2 miles
5
9/21/02
Dorchester County
Jessen's Landing, Ashley River
76
1152 lbs
5 miles
96
9/21/02
Charleston County
Bull Island
30
288 lbs
4 miles
71
9/21/02
Charleston County
Dewees Island
10
164 lbs
2 miles
10
9/21/02
Charleston County
Isle of Palms
305
534 lbs
6 miles
166
9/21/02
Charleston County
Sullivan's Island, front beach
118
237 lbs
5 miles
63
9/21/02
Charleston County
Sullivan's Island, beach & Ft Moultrie & near Intracstl Wtwy
187
1256 lbs
3.5 miles
155
9/21/02
Charleston County
High Battery Beach, downtown Charleston
5
10 lbs
.5 mile
3
9/21/02
Charleston County
Waterfront Park-marsh, downtown Charleston
15
750 lbs
.5 mile
40
9/21/02
Charleston County
Brittlebank Park, downtown Charleston, on Ashley River
33
363 lbs
.5 mile
45
9/21/02
Charleston County
Alberta Long Lake, downtown Charleston
80
339 lbs
.5 mile
68
9/21/02
Charleston County
Wando River
38
1700 lbs
5 miles
125
9/21/02
Charleston County
Hobcaw Creek
10
80 lbs
1 mile
15
9/21/02
Charleston County
Alston Creek
5
45 lbs
2 miles
5
9/21/02
Charleston County
Charleston Harbor islands
20
2700 lbs
2.25 miles
57
9/21/02
Charleston County
Grice Cove, Little Beach, Oyster Beach, marsh
25
1281 lbs
3.5 miles
58
9/21/02
Charleston County
Causeway from James Island to Folly Island
19
1395 lbs
3 miles
118
9/21/02
Charleston County
Marsh by James Island Creek on Harborview Road
8
700 lbs
1 mile
20
9/28/02
Charleston County
Lake Francis on James Island
2
40 lbs
1 mile
3
9/21/02
Charleston County
Julian Waterway
2
30 lbs
.75 mile
1
9/21/02
Charleston County
Riverland Terrace boat landing, James Island
3
250 lbs
.25 mile
20
9/21/02
Charleston County
Toogoodoo Creek
7
1000 lbs
1.5 miles
40
9/21/02
Charleston County
Longbranch Creek
4
550 lbs
.25 mile
55
9/21/02
Charleston County
Wallace River
14
270 lbs
.25 mile
18
9/21/02
Charleston County
Rantowles Creek
14
165 lbs
.25 mile
11
9/21/02
Charleston County
Causeway, marsh, & front beach Folly Island
247
1220 lbs
10 miles
179
9/21/02
Charleston County
Kiawah Island
3
54 lbs
2.5 miles
4
9/21/02
Charleston County
Seabrook Island
42
200 lbs
3 miles
50
9/21/02
Colleton County
Edisto Beach State Park
46
1420 lbs
5 miles
55
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Lands End beach, Port Royal
3
150 lbs
3 miles
10
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Battery & Chechesse Cr., 2 landings, Beaufort R., Ladys & Hunting Isl
102
2850 lbs
10.25 miles
216
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Hunting Island State Park
98
307 lbs
8 miles
154
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Fripp Island
11
82 lbs
2 miles
10
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Pritchards Island
14
25 lbs
2 miles
12
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Isl
62
68 lbs
2 miles
10
9/21/02
Beaufort County
Daufuskie Island
9
120 lbs
2 miles
20
9/21/02
Jasper County
Broad R., Port Royal Sound, Knowles Island
6
75 lbs
2 miles
12
9/21/02
Jasper County
Bolan Hall landing, Hazzard Cr.
60
600 lbs
2 miles
40
TOTALS
   
2644
30941
153.75
2611