Trash increase in Charleston-area tidal creeks alarms water users
JOHNS ISLAND — Jean Townsend watched the huge flap of cardboard and the basketball float the tides, back and forth, from Rattlin Bridge Creek to Church Creek, until she couldn’t stand it anymore.
The 74 year old did something she hadn’t done since she was a kid living on the creek. She put on a pair of old sneakers and went “bogging” to clean it out.
When she was a child she used to swim the creek. She and her friends went bogging, or mucking through the pluff mud at low tide, to find crabs and curiosities. Her family harvested oysters.
Just in the past few years, litter and debris washed into the creek has gotten worse than she’s ever seen, especially this year.
“Nasty,” Townsend says as she grimaces.
The problem isn’t just in her creek. Trash piles up against strainers, or downed trees, and boat docks along the developed Ashley River, the Wando, the lower Edisto and their feeder creeks.
It’s worse this year likely because more rain and unusual high tides are washing more litter off the streets and banks, and out of the marshes.
But it’s also been getting worse because more people now live, play and throw stuff away along the water.
Read more in tomorrow’s The Post and Courier.