Volunteer help clean Charleston waterways

Debris collected in the Northbridge Park area (Source: Live 5)
Debris collected in the Northbridge Park area (Source: Live 5)

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - Volunteers were out across the state helping clean our rivers and beaches as part of an annual event.

The 28th beach and river sweep was held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

Crews were out collecting trash and other debris from the waterways in our area.

A lot of plastic bags, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles were collected from the marsh area at the Northbridge Park.

"A lot of it is carried in with the waves and currents, and then gets caught up in the marsh grasses where a lot of our shoreline birds live, our crabs," said Jamie Gillette, program manager at Keep Charleston Beautiful. "Then it's carried back out when the tides go out to the creeks, rivers and harbors."

All of the debris collected is documented.

This data is then sent to the Ocean Conservancy to determine where the source is coming from and how to prevent pollution before it starts.

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