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2003 Sweep coastal results and 2003 photos

2004 Sweep coastal results and 2004 photos
2002 Sweep coastal results and 2002 photos

As has happened twice before, a hurricane came close to causing the Beach Sweep/River Sweep to be rescheduled. A mere two days before the cleanup, Hurricane Isabel landed in the Outer Banks of N.C.

Sunny skies prevailed during the 15th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep, and nearly 3,000 volunteers on the coast cleared over 14 tons of trash from beaches, marshes, and waterways—1.5 tons less debris compared to last year. Over 100 site captains and their volunteers covered about 65 cleanup sites in every coastal county. Community involvement during this effort was fantastic, garnering support from Girl and Boy Scouts, K-12 schools and colleges, environmental and civic groups, museums, aquaria, state and federal agencies, resorts, and businesses. Statewide an estimated 6,000 people cleared our fragile ecosystems of harmful debris.

Cigarette butts are the #1 item found on the coast, followed by debris associated with recreational activities (bottles, cans, plastic ware, and fast food containers) and boating activities (ropes, nets, buoys, and fishing line). Firework debris continues to be a problem in the Myrtle Beach area, as is styrofoam in the Charleston area. And volunteers are still retrieving items on Bull Island in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge from a shrimp boat that sunk almost two years ago. Some unusual items include several bicycles, lots of tires and car parts, a boat and boat parts, a propane tank, a lawn mower, clothing, a hair dryer, an old Polaroid camera, cell phones, a calculator, fake vampire teeth, an alarm clock, mattresses, a microwave, and a big screen TV. Basically, volunteers collected enough debris to build and furnish a few houses and clothe the families that might live in them; we also could build a couple of cars.

Special thanks to Joanna Murray, College of Charleston communications student, who helped Susan Ferris organize the Sweep on the coast. Also, thanks to S.C. Sea Grant staffer Susannah Sheldon for coordinating the cleanup on Folly Island.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is part of The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, and is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources. South Carolina ranks fifth worldwide in the number of volunteers, saving taxpayers nearly $300,000 each year according to Independent Sector, a coalition of non-profits based in Washington, D.C.

To volunteer on the coast, contact Susan Ferris Hill. Together we can make our environment cleaner and safer for all to enjoy!

 

 

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2003 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
9/20/03
Horry County
Little River, Big Landing/
Vereen Memorial Park/Golfview Dr.
7
11 lbs
8.5 miles
5
9/27/03
Horry County
N. Myrtle Beach
38
265 lbs
5 miles
33
9/6/03
Horry County
Springmaid Pier, Myrtle Beach
148
760 lbs
3 miles
117
9/20/03
Horry County
Myrtle Beach
45
139 lbs
4 miles
31
9/6/03
Horry County
Lakewood Campground , Myrtle Beach
224
674 lbs
4 miles
184
9/6&20/03
Horry County
Myrtle Beach State Park
98
160 lbs
3 miles
65
9/20/03
Horry County
Waccamaw River, Conway Marina
59
1,858 lbs
1.5 miles
75
9/20/03
Horry County
Surfside Beach
200
950 lbs
2 miles
40
9/20/03
Horry County
Garden City
53
400 lbs
2 miles
62
9/20/03
Georgetown County
Huntington Beach State Park
146
460 lbs
5 miles
81
9/20/03
Georgetown County
N & S Litchfield Beach
25
425 lbs
6.5 miles
21
9/20/03
Georgetown County
Pawleys Island
10
49 lbs
4 miles
12
9/20/03
Georgetown County
DeBordieu
34
170 lbs
6 miles
21
9/20/03
Berkeley County
Old Santee Canal/Biggin Creek
35
150 lbs
3 miles
10
9/20/03
Berkeley County
Nucor Steel terminal, Cooper River, & Russelville Landing
14
625 lbs
1 mile
95
9/20/03
Dorchester County
Ashley river
122
715 lbs
2.5 miles
83
9/20/03
Dorchester County
Dorchester County State Park
17
140 lbs
.5 miles
7
9/20/03
Dorchester County
Jessen's Landing, Ashley River
81
445 lbs
5 miles
61
9/20/03
Dorchester County
Sawmill Creek
54
125 lbs
3.5 miles
32
9/20/03
Charleston County
Noisette Creek
6
200 lbs
3 miles
8
9/20/03
Charleston County
Racoon Key & Lighthouse Island
13
75 lbs
3 miles
25
9/20/03
Charleston County
Bull Island
26
421 lbs
4 miles
43
9/20/03
Charleston County
Dewees Island
2
7 lbs
.5 miles
2
9/20/03
Charleston County
Isle of Palms
305
621 lbs
6 miles
134
9/20/03
Charleston County
Sullivan's Island, front beach, Ft. Moultrie, Breach Inlet
95
371 lbs
5 miles
104
9/20/03
Charleston County
Cooper River, Remley's Point Boat Landing
14
35 lbs
.25 miles
16
9/20/03
Charleston County
Mt. Pleasant (Shem Creek, Pitt St. Bridge)
60
686 lbs
2 miles
97
9/20/03
Charleston County
High Battery Beach, downtown Charleston
8
30 lbs
.5 miles
5
9/30/03
Charleston County
S.C. Aquarium shoreline, downtown Chas.
8
150 lbs
.5 miles
26
9/20/03
Charleston County
Waterfront Park-marsh, downtown Chas.
25
2,000 lbs
.5 miles
150
9/19/03
Charleston County
Colonial Lake
14
129 lbs
2 miles
34
9/20/03
Charleston County
Brittlebank Park, downtown Charleston, on Ashley River
19
65 lbs
.5 miles
15
9/20/03
Charleston County
Alberta Long Lake, downtown Charleston
64
327 lbs
.5 miles
54
9/20/03
Charleston County
Morris Isl, Ft. Sumter Isl, Grice Cove, Fort Johnson area
82
3,847 lbs
3 miles
138
9/20/03
Charleston County
Wando R, Daniel Island dock
1
100 lbs
.3 miles
5
9/13/03
Charleston County
Alston Creek
5
40 lbs
1.5 miles
5
9/20/03
Charleston County
John's Island, shore under Church Creek Bridge
3
50 lbs
1 mile
9
9/20/03
Charleston County
Tributary to Colburg Creek
10
125 lbs
.1 mile
12
9/20/03
Charleston County
Julian Waterway
2
30 lbs
.75 miles
3
9/20/03
Charleston County
Marsh by James Island Creek on Harborview Road
5
160 lbs
.5 mile
8
9/13/03
Charleston County
Toogoodoo Creek
11
500 lbs
2 miles
25
9/20/03
Charleston County
Longbranch
7
550 lbs
.25 mile
52
9/20/03
Charleston County
Folly Beach Road (causeway)
26
1,700 lbs
5 miles
126
9/20/03
Charleston County
Folly Island, marsh, front beach & by Coast Guard Station
164
1,040 lbs
7 miles
191
9/20/03
Charleston County
Kiawah Island, Kiawah R. & Bird Key
72
606 lbs
6.5 miles
67
9/20/03
Colleton County
Edisto Island and State Park
43
341 lbs
5 miles
51
9/26/03
Beaufort County
Lands End beach, Port Royal
2
320 lbs
.5 mile
9
9/20/03
Beaufort County
Jarvis Cr, 2 landings no Beaufort R.
26
690 lbs
6 miles
45
9/20/03
Beaufort County
Hunting Island State Park
121
1,550 lbs
8 miles
218
9/20/03
Beaufort County
Fripp Island
24
2,122 lbs
3 miles
82
9/20/03
Beaufort County
Pritchards Island
15
500 lbs
1.5 miles
63
9/20/03
Beaufort County
Beach, Coligny Beach, Tower Beach
103
70 lbs
3 miles
42
9/20/03
Beaufort County
Knowles Island
16
150 lbs
3 miles
15
TOTALS
   
2,807
28,120
156.15
2,914