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September 15, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950

SCENIC BROAD RIVER SWEEP NEEDS VOLUNTEERS SEPT. 19

The Scenic Broad River Advisory Council in upper South Carolina is seeking volunteers to help with three landing cleanups in Cherokee County on Friday, Sept. 19.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in Cherokee County at the Ninety-Nine Islands Dam Landing on Broad River (south of Blacksburg at the end of County Road 43). After cleaning up this landing volunteers will drive to nearby Pick Hill Landing and then across the river to the Ninety-Nine Islands Landing (southeast of Gaffney at the end of County Road 13). The cleanups will end around noon, rain or shine. Trash bags and drinking water will be supplied. Volunteers need to bring their own rake and gloves.

The advisory council, which meets regularly in Hickory Grove, will gladly welcome any volunteers to help clean landings on the Broad Scenic River. In May 1991, the Broad River from 99 Islands dam to the confluence with the Pacolet River was officially recognized by the South Carolina General Assembly as a State Scenic River. Since that time, an advisory council composed of river-bordering landowners, other local citizens, and a representative of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has worked to create a management plan for the river and its valuable resources.

Broad River from 99 Islands to the Pacolet River boasts a considerable section of undeveloped riverfront. There is only one bridge crossing (SC 211) on the entire 15-mile stretch. The riparian forest is home to diverse plant and animal life including the state-endangered plant wild ginger. Eagles, ospreys, and other birds frequent the river corridor. In addition to flora and fauna, the area surrounding the river is rich with historical features from Smith's Ford to Native American fish traps or rock fish weirs.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual cleanup of South Carolina waterways that takes place in September nationwide. Thousands of volunteers take part in Beach Sweep/River Sweep across 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 that want to contribute to the conservation of our waterways.

For more information about the Sept. 19 Broad River "sweep" in Cherokee County contact Mary Crockett with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in Columbia at (803) 734-9111; by fax at (803) 734-9200; or by e-mail at crockett@dnr.state.sc.us.

- Written by Mike Creel -

 

 

 

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