September 27, 2016

Drum Island Cleanup – West Coastline

Most of the trash on this island has accumulated at the high tide line where it starts to break down in the elements.  Exposure to the sun and salt water causes the plastic and foam start breaking KHB_6514off into smaller pieces and arsenic and creosote leech from the treated wood. Once a tidal surge or coastal flood occurs, all of these chemicals and small pieces of edible plastics move into the seafood nurseries located around this island.  There are oyster beds, shrimp, flounder, crab, and many coastal fish species living in this area.  This uninhabited island also contains an abundance of wildlife including a large population of deer, and is used as a nesting area for many species of birds.

 

With all of the resources utilized below, we were only able to cleanup less than one mile of the island’s coastline.  But for this stretch of coastline that had never been cleaned before, our volunteers made a big difference.

 

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Resources for the cleanup:

121 Volunteers = 605 volunteer hours

7 Recreational Boats

2 Government Owned Boats

1 Commercial Transport Boat

 

Sponsors who made the cleanup possible:

KHB_6538Adventure Harbor Tours

All Around Tires

Barefoot Wine

Charleston Resort Marina

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Liquid Culture

Republic Services

 

KHB_6563Participating companies:

Boeing

Cummins Inc.

 

Participating Government Agencies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

SC DNR

 

Results of the cleanup:

Amount of trash and debris collected:

Volume: 34 cubic yards in the dumpster

12 tires equaling another 2 cubic yards taken by a tire retail store for disposal

Weight:  Dumpster – net weight 6,200 pounds

Tires – 440 pounds

KHB_6586Note:  We left several piles of collected trash on the island.  Once we return to the island and remove those piles, we will update these totals.

 

Contents of trash collected:

NOTE: Some teams did a great job of recording what was taken off the island.  Some teams were a little challenged when it came to providing a detailed count.  I believe the count below is a fair summary of what we removed from the island on 3-15-2014.  Removing everything that did not belong there was our goal.  We had a well balanced mix of volunteers.  Some teams concentrated on the tedious job of picking up and counting the hundreds of small items like soda bottles and pieces of foam while others were removing large and heavy pieces of debris.

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Trash and Debris Inventory:

7 pairs pants

2 shirts

21 shoes and flip flops

1 towel

10 rags and other pieces of cloth

2 pieces fishing line

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3 nets

12 rope

7 misc fishing related items

521 pieces of foam

265 glass beverage containers

24 misc glass items

18 light bulbs (most were unbroken)

72 metal beverage containers

2 sand dune fencing wire strands

37 paper and cardboard items

KHB_654210 balloons

1,173 plastic bottles

143 detached bottle caps

289 food wrappers/containers

118 single use bags

52 straws

6 plastic utensils

1 plastic baby doll

22 cigarette lighters

3 plastic tarps/sheets

37 misc plastic items

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100 feet of rubber hose

28 misc rubber items other than tires

531 wood items

1 bicycle

1 car muffler

1 fire extinguisher

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Charleston Post and Courier article:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140315/PC16/140319500/drum-island-gets-needed-cleanup

Note:  This area had NEVER had a cleanup before.  We were only able to tackle a small portion of this island.

ABC News coverage:

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/24985651/drum-island-gets-first-ever-official-cleanup


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