In celebration of Earth Day, the St. Marys Riverkeeper and Keep Nassau Beautiful are sponsoring a cleanup of the St. Marys River and surrounding waterways on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The St. Marys River is 130 miles long, winding through four counties in two states. More than 60,000 residents depend on the health of the river for tourism, recreation, commercial fishing and safe drinking water. Wildlife and plant ecosystems rely on the continued cleanliness of the watershed, including 3,000 miles of streams and tributaries.
Because of the pandemic, it has been two years since the last cleanup and the habitat is dearly in need of attention. There are 23 sites in four counties to choose from, including five in Camden County and three in Charlton County.
Site Captains will be available to distribute supplies, including disposable gloves, personal cloth logo masks, and trash bags. Hand sanitizer will be available. Volunteers should consider wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes and bringing their own gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, and a reusable water bottle. All CDC-recommended Covid safety practices will be implemented. Volunteers for the River Clean Up event will receive free standard 2021 St. Marys Riverkeeper membership.
To ensure an adequate number of supplies, volunteers should pre-register through Eventbrite at the SMRK website, www.stmarysriverkeeper.org.
Clean up sites in Charlton County will include the areas around Camp Pinckney Landing, Traders Hill Boat Ramp (GA side), Old River Folkston Landing and the St. George River Bridge and Landing.