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Free "Shem Dig" uses fun to promote protection for area waterways

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

For just a couple hours Saturday, the boardwalk along Shem Creek, looked more like a classroom.

From 9 AM to Noon, The Town of Mt. Pleasant, together with Mt. Pleasant Waterworks and Charleston Waterkeeper, hosted its first ever Shem Dig.

The event aimed at celebrating the importance of Lowcountry waterways, using festive fun to connect with the Lowcountry community.

Themed stations lined the boardwalk, including seafood-inspired arts and crafts and a water testing station.

Hillary Repik, with the Town Stormwater Management Department, said the idea was conceived last October.

"In order to protect our creeks, it's going to take small measures from each person," she said.

Repik cited the seafood industry as one example of how the community would suffer, if area waterways aren't protected.

"Everyone individually can do something really small that together can have a really big impact and preserve our water resources for the future."

Disposing pet waste or planting a rain garden, she says, are easy examples of things anyone can do.

A rain garden is designed to absorb water, by planting plants or flowers in an area conducive to flooding.

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