Tons of trash to be removed in Ashley River Cleanup

The national river conservation organization American Rivers will join Charleston Waterkeeper, Keep Dorchester County Beautiful and local citizens on September 17 to clean up trash from the Ashley Scenic River between Jessen Landing and the future Ashley River Park site. Both land-based and water-based cleanup opportunities are available as a part of Keep Dorchester County Beautiful’s annual cleanup. The event is part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup® 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Keep Dorchester Beautiful has been cleaning up the Ashley River for more than a decade and this year’s event represents the fourth time the cleanup has been conducted in coordination with American Rivers. Last year roughly 4,500 pounds of trash were removed by scores of volunteers.

Kayaks and shuttle service are available for those interested in participating in a 3.5 mile paddle, which will culminate with pristine views of the Ashley River Park site’s expansive riverfront. Volunteers should arrive at Jessen Landing at 8am to depart on time. Volunteers will remove litter while en route to the site. Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Davis states, “I would personally like to thank Nature Adventure Outfitters for donating the kayaks and shuttle service for this worthy cause. We’ll have our work cut out for us removing the litter that has accumulated once again, but it will be a fun and rewarding stewardship experience on our river.” Pre-registration is required and can be completed by contacting Mr. Davis at

National River Cleanup is a program that engages local volunteers to keep rivers and streams trash-free. This year is the 25th anniversary of National River Cleanup. See for more information.

September 17 event details:

Who: Keep Dorchester Beautiful, Charleston Waterkeeper, American Rivers, and local citizens of Dorchester County

What: A land- and water-based cleanup of the Ashley River, part of National River Cleanup 25th Anniversary

When: September 17, 2016 from 8am-noon

Where: Herbert H. Jessen Public Boat Landing, 4820 Ladson Road Extension, Summerville, SC 29485

(At the end of Ladson Road behind Hardees)

Following the cleanup, volunteers will enjoy food and refreshments on site in celebration of their efforts.

“We all need clean water, and river cleanups are a great way to give back to our communities. We’re happy to be back in Summerville for a second year of cleaning up the Ashley and we applaud everyone who is working here, at Jessen Landing, and beyond to protect and restore this great river,” said Lowell George, National River Cleanup Manager at American Rivers.

Andrew Wunderley, Charleston’s Waterkeeper, said “Marine debris, especially plastic, is one of the biggest threats to our local waterways. The Ashley River is both a historic and ecologically important river for our community. It’s wonderful to see locals coming together and taking responsibility for health of the river and its aquatic life. We are proud to be working with our partners at American Rivers, Dorchester County, Keep Dorchester County Beautiful, and Nature Adventure Outfitters to make it happen.”

“The Ashley River Blue Trail connects people from Summerville, Charleston and beyond, and we all need to do our part to take care of it. American Rivers is grateful for our partnership with Dorchester County, the Charleston Waterkeeper and Keep Dorchester Beautiful for making sure this Lowcountry jewel remains a vibrant part of the community for generations to come,” said Gerrit Jöbsis, Senior Director of programs in the Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas.


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