GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 15, 2016) – Volunteers from across the Upstate will be helping to clean the banks of the Reedy River Friday afternoon as part of Renewable Water Resources’ (ReWa) annual River Sweep.
Volunteers will be working along a 1.5 mile stretch of the river from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday, September 15 near the intersection of Mauldin Road and Interstate 85, said Blake Visin, ReWa’s director of information systems. This stretch of river runs through ReWa property.
The event is scheduled in conjunction with the state-wide South Carolina Beach Sweep/River Sweep week, which is organized by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. More than 6,000 South Carolina volunteers remove over 45 tons of aquatic debris from South Carolina’s waterways each year, Visin said. ReWa volunteers cleared more than 1 ton of debris last year.
This annual clean up clears 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.
In addition to the Friday River Sweep, ReWa will host the Boy Scouts from St. Mary’s Catholic Church to help clean a one mile section of Brushy Creek that flows through ReWa property and merges with the Reedy River.
About Renewable Water Resources (ReWa):
ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while providing and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure for the growing economy. ReWa serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties. For more information, visit www.rewaonline.org.