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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH SCENIC BLACK RIVER SWEEP

Volunteers are needed to help with landing cleanups between Sept. 19-25 along South Carolina's Scenic Black River, according to the Scenic Black River Advisory Council and Keep Williamsburg Beautiful.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual nationwide cleanup of America's waterways that takes place in September, according to Mary Crockett, Black Scenic River project manager with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Columbia.

The planned cleanup sites and times along the Black River are:

bulletFriday, Sept. 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Red's Landing off SC 41 just north of Andrews in Georgetown County;
bulletSaturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, Mill Street Landing in Kingstree in Williamsburg County;
bulletSunday, Sept. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. from F.M. Guerry Landing (Brown's Landing) off County Road 30 (Simms Reach Road) off US 521 in Williamsburg County;
bulletSunday, Sept. 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Bloomingvale Landing on County Road 688 off SC 527 in Williamsburg County;
bulletThursday, Sept. 25, 3 to 5 p.m. at Gilland Memorial Park at Kingstree in Williamsburg County; and
bulletThursday, Sept. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., Pea House and Pine Tree Landings on County Road 38, off SC 41, east of Andrews in Georgetown County.

Volunteers will meet rain or shine to clean up the sites. Trash bags and drinking water will be supplied. Volunteers need to bring their own rake and gloves. For more information contact Stephanie Evans, Gilland Park site captain, at (843) 355-6431; Mary Crockett, site captain for Bloomingvale and Pine Tree landings, at (803) 734-9111; Berry Hinson (843) 355-5481, ext. 40; Mike Tisdale, F.M. Guerry (Brown's) Landing site captain (843) 264-3411, ext. 28; Dan Scheffing, Pea House Landing site captain, at (843) 264-3411, ext. 21; or Craig Evans, Red's Landing site captain at (843) 264-3414. Any volunteers willing to help clean the landings along the Scenic Black River are welcomed, according to Crockett.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual cleanup of South Carolina waterways that takes place in September nationwide, Crockett explained. "Thousands of volunteers take part in Beach Sweep/River Sweep across South Carolina; it is the largest cleanup of aquatic litter and debris," she said. "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."

A 75-mile segment of the Black River in Clarendon, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties became a State Scenic River in June 2001 under the South Carolina Scenic Rivers Act. The scenic river segment on the Black River begins at County Road 40 in Clarendon County and extends southeast to Pea House Landing on County Road 38 in Georgetown County. Most of this section contains flowing blackwater shouldered by a ribbon of dense, undisturbed swamp forests, sandy white sandbars at low water levels and unique alternating lake-like and narrow river areas. This ribbon of wild and undeveloped land provides high quality habitat for a variety of plant and animal species including some rare, threatened and endangered species.

For more information on the 2003 Black River cleanup or the South Carolina Scenic Rivers Program, contact: Mary Crockett, DNR, 2221 Devine St. Suite 222, Columbia, SC 29205; by phone 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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