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September 1, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950

BEACH SWEEP - RIVER SWEEP 2003 NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR SEPT. 20

Volunteers are needed for Beach Sweep - River Sweep 2003. On Saturday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can help rid the state's lakes, rivers, beaches and waterways of unsightly trash, debris and litter. Beach Sweep / River Sweep is the state's largest annual one-day cleanup and thousands of volunteers will participate while helping protect South Carolina's natural resources.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium partner up to organize the annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep. Organizers are looking for site captains to lead cleanups in their local area. To participate on an inland waterway, contact Lynn Quattro with DNR at (803) 734-9094 in Columbia. To participate on the coast, contact Susan Ferris with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium at (843) 727-2078 in Charleston. Information is also available on the DNR Web site by clicking on "Conservation" at www.dnr.state.sc.us.

Last year 6,000 volunteers collected 118,000 pounds of litter at 125 locations across the state of South Carolina..

Anyone can help including clubs, civic organizations, schools, church groups, families or even individuals. You may select any beach, river, lake, marsh, or boat landing you wish to clean or request assignments to needy areas. All necessary supplies and instructions will be provided.

- Written by G. Michael Willis -

 

 

 

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