The Town of Bluffton, Lowcountry Stormwater Partners, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources invite all greater Bluffton residents and business owners to participate in the 31st Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The event is held at the Oyster Factory Park on the May River (63 Wharf Street). This is the 31st year this statewide event has been held and the 12th year in which Bluffton has participated. Thousands of volunteers across the state participate annually in this event, which is South Carolina’s largest one-day, volunteer, litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways.
The Town of Bluffton encourages all individuals, families, friends, schools, youth groups, civic groups, conservation groups and businesses to volunteer for a few hours to clean the river and roadsides, which drain to the river.
If you need more information about the event, please contact Beth Lewis, water quality program administrator, with the Town’s Watershed Management Division at (843) 706-4559 or via email at [email protected]
Registration is not necessary however; please notify Lewis if you are bringing a community group or organization so the event can plan for special projects and an adequate quantity of supplies.
Since 1988, the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have organized this annual event. The Beach Sweep/River Sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Conservancy tallies all the debris data from each location worldwide. The data helps those in charge of environmental protection to identify the sources of litter so they can make recommendations, which may help prevent and reduce the amount of litter polluting our waterways.
Sign up here to volunteer with your local cleanup. Bringing friends and family with you? Please register each volunteer separately!