We would like to thank all of you for your support for this very worthy cause. This event is, and should be, all about the Ashley River.
It looks like weather will be absolutely perfect, and we are all very thankful for this bit of good luck!
A large turnout is expected, and exactly how large we won’t really know until tomorrow morning. We have requested RSVP’s from captains and from past experience response to those requests is partial, at best. We have “cast a wide net” in promoting the event, so we will see. Our committee has tried to plan for the extreme of much more than we thought. We ask for your patience, as we will all be striving to make sure things go smoothly.
The key to this event running smoothly will be how efficiently we can get folks launched and started collecting trash. PLEASE make sure your boat is in good running condition. Each boat will have less than 5 min to back down and launch. We will have volunteers with much experience launching to assist, whether backing down or parking (with your permission, of course).
When you arrive at the drive into the landing, you will be greeted by a volunteer, and told where to proceed. Vehicles without trailers will not be allowed into the parking lot – we expect to completely fill the lot with boat trailers. Please park on the side of the drive along the grass as instructed. Vehicles with boats will be instructed to pull in to the “make ready” area. This area will be two lanes side by side. Volunteers will show you were to go. Please get your boat ready to launch as quickly as possible. Don’t forget your drain plugs! When instructed, please launch as quickly as possible and bring your boat to the dock. Volunteers will help show you where to dock and help with catching your boat and dock lines.
Captains, please proceed immediately to the shelter to the Captains table. You will be given a packet with a map, some basic instructions, and given a zone number to target. This zone number will be shown on the map provided. You will also be given supplies, incl. trash bags, pickers and gloves (if available). You will be asked if you have room for crew, and matched up with volunteers who wish to be put on a boat. PLEASE BRING EXTRA LIFE JACKETS IF YOU ARE WILLING TO BRING EXTRA CREW. We ask that you grab a quick coffee (c/o Biggby Coffee) and/or snack (c/o Vince Lehr) and please get started collecting trash immediately, so that we can make room on the dock for more boats. This “rolling start” will help us be more efficient.
This year we will have a fun little contest awarded to the funniest/most unusual piece of trash collected. If you have a submission when you return to the landing, please let a team leader know and we will set it aside for judging. Some of our local dignitaries will serve as judges. Winner will receive the “coveted” trash jacket and a family membership to SSWA!
Marked on your maps will be approximate locations of “trash barges”. These are motorless jon boats that will be anchored in the river. When you fill your boat, please drop them in the barges so you can go collect more. There will be extra trash bags inside the barges as well, if you are running low. If and when the barge(s) are full, please call (contact phone nums will be in your packet) and we will come tow the barge to the Kings Grant landing for offload to trucks that will move the trash back to Jessen Landing. Once offloaded, the barge will be returned to its original site ASAP.
Please return to the Jessen landing within the window of 1:30 – 2:30 PM, offload any trash to volunteers at the dock, then immediately trailer your boat. Volunteers will help with trailering if needed. The current can get strong, so please receive assistance if offered!
An excellent box lunch will be served by Triangle Char and Bar at the landing.
We would like to get a group photo with the trash collected, at around 2:45-3:00PM
MANY PEOPLE TO THANK (In no particular order)
Summerville Saltwater Anglers Membership and Board of Directors
Ashley River Cleanup Committee (David Fladd, Bob Mitchell, Ray Philyaw, Shane Green, Michele Green)
Triangle Char and Bar (Dorchester Rd)
Biggby Coffee (Trolley Rd)
Vince Lehr (Bon Appetit Snacks)
Daniel White, Custom Images by Daniel
George McDaniel, Executive Director Emeritus, Drayton Hall
Carolyn Tomlinson, Keep Dorchester County Beautiful
Bob Jackson, Oakbrook Councilman, Town of Summerville
Dorchester County Parks and Recreation
Jack Keeter, Howard Bridgman, Ashley Scenic River Advisory Council (ASRAC)
Josh Veloso & Fort Dorchester High School National Honor Society
Bailey Seyller, Videography
WCBD News 2
David Kennard, Summerville Journal Scene
Tommy Braswell, Post and Courier
Dorchester Boat Club
King Grant HOA
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA-South Carolina)
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
East Cooper Fishing Club
Stono River Fishing Club
Lowcountry Kayak Anglers Fishing Club
West Ashley Outboard Motor Club
and all the VOLUNTEERS, for taking time from your busy schedules to make our community better