Creek cleanup effort established in South Windermere

Creek cleanup effort established in South Windermere
May 14 15:10 2018 Print This Article

My wife Robin and I established the Clean Up West Ashley Facebook page to encourage grassroots groups in West Ashley to organize litter pick-ups. Events have been organized at Northbridge Park, Church Creek, Glenn McConnell Parkway and Magwood. There are many concerned citizens who want to upgrade West Ashley’s image and improve the quality of life for those who call West Ashley home. A new group has been formed to clean up Wappoo Creek near South Windermere Shopping Center.

Landscape architect Jim Ward, who teaches historic preservation at College of Charleston, attended a drainage working group session during the May meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission meeting. He observed that debris and trash embedded in our waterways has an adverse impact on our drainage system and suggested that neighborhood groups become an active part of the solution. Ward organized the South Windermere group which will meet at low tide one Saturday per month between Half Moon Outfitters and Three Little Birds restaurant. The group filled more than six hefty bags of litter and trash in May.

A group affiliated with the Old Towne District Task Force used to do monthly litter pick-ups along the Northbridge Gateway, but the City of Charleston hired Southland Landscaping to maintain the area weekly from the Northbridge to the Round Holliday Inn on St. Andrews Boulevard. The group Charleston Waterkeeper does periodic marsh clean-ups along the Northbridge.

Jamie Gillette heads up the group Keep Charleston Beautiful, which organizes volunteers to do litter pick-ups throughout the city. The group’s board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Charleston Parks Office, 823 Meeting Street. Gillette can be reached at 843-579-7501. Boy Scout Troop 79, which meets Monday evenings at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Ashley, is another good volunteer resource.

If you are interested in promoting litter pick-up projects, ask to join Clean Up West Ashley on Facebook, and then you can post your events.