Volunteers needed for Riversweep
Help clean up the Reedy River banks, Saturday, September 21
Greenville, SC–The Friends of the Reedy River will join with several other local organizations for the annual Reedy River Sweep, a volunteer event that allows the community to give back to the environment. The Friends’ clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This coincides with the annual state-wide South Carolina Beach Sweep/River Sweep week, which is organized by the SC Sea Grant Consortium, the SC Department of Natural Resources, Palmetto Pride, and the SCANA Corporation. Local organizations that are also supporting the annual sweep include Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), Greenville TEC, Keep Greenville County Beautiful and the City of Greenville’s Parks and Recreation Department.
This year’s event will focus on locations along the banks of the Reedy from Cleveland Park to Conestee Park. With the level of recent rainfall and resulting runoff, those banks are filled with more debris than usual. The Friends hope that lots of civic minded volunteers will take advantage of this opportunity to improve the beauty and the health of our river.
Last year, more than 6,000 South Carolina volunteers removed over 45 tons of aquatic debris from South Carolina’s waterways. This annual clean up clears our waterways of unsightly debris, educates the public about the impact that aquatic debris has on the economy and the environment, and serves as a research tool for the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C.
To participate in this important event, go to director@friendsof the reedyriver.org to register or come to the picnic shelter adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Cleveland Park at 9:00 AM on September 21. Volunteers should wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy footwear that may get wet. The Friends will have a supply of work gloves but volunteers may wish to bring their own.