I recently read an article about an environmentalist from Hurricane Creek, Ala., named John Wathen.
He is affectionately known as “the Creekkeeper” for his life-long efforts to preserve the land and waterways in his town.
He takes action to protect his community from senseless human acts of environmental destruction such as oil spills, landfill mismanagement and industrial waste.
Over the past few months, as I drive to work from Johns Island to downtown Charleston, I have witnessed a middle-aged, white male with a gray beard and a shaved head walking the Stono River Bridge.
He carries a garbage bag and goes over the bridge on one side and back on the other. As he walks he selflessly cleans our bridge.
I do not know his identity, and I do not know if he does this out of his passion to preserve our marsh and provide a clean walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. But I wonder if he is our own John Wathen.
If anyone knows the identity of this man, please thank him for his efforts to clean up our community and compensate for others’ senseless acts as they litter our roadways and waterways and affect the wildlife of the Lowcountry.