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#07-188 July 9, 2007

Volunteers needed for Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve clean up

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Heritage Trust Program is hosting a cleanup day at the Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve on Saturday, July 14th beginning at 9 a.m. Arrangements can be made for those who would like to start earlier.

Those working Congaree Creek will meet at the area in which they would like to start. All others willCongaree Creek meet at the preserve parking area on Old State Road. A shuttle will be available for those working in the creek. Please specify which activity (creek or land) and area (which stretch of creek) you wish to work.

Please call (803) 734-3893 no later than July 11th to sign up for this event so that lunch and shuttle arrangements can be made. Contact Cultural Preserves Manager Brian Long at (803) 609-7057 or via email at longb@dnr.sc.gov for additional information. Some canoes are available for experienced paddlers.
Efforts will be concentrated on the area where Congaree Creek meets Highway 321 and the stretch of creek from 321 all the way to Old State Road. The area at 321 and in the creek is in great need of work to remove litter. Participants may work the stretch between 321 and 12th St. (2.5 hours), 12th St. to Old State Rd. (2 hours), or the whole distance from 321 to Old State Rd. (5-6 hours). These times depend greatly on the water level on the day of the event. Note the section of trail from 12th Street to Old State Road is a lot more difficult to paddle.
A group working on land will be cleaning the area from the preserve parking lot at the Guignard Trail on Old State Road to the creek, the Guignard Trail, and other nearby areas.

Adventure Carolina will be helping with equipment, shuttles, and giving away door prizes. Sub Station II of Cayce will once again donate lunch and water for everyone who signs up ahead of time. Palmetto Pride, the anti-litter organization, has donated equipment and supplies including trash bags, safety vests, and some litter grabbers.

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