River sweep this weekend aims to clean trash-covered Intracoastal Waterway

The Little River River Sweep is being held this Saturday, April 16, at John Causey Landing. (WPDE)

The Little River River Sweep is coming up this Saturday, April 14, and volunteers will be working to clean up trash along the Intracoastal Waterway.

"It's saddening when you pull up to a beautiful scene and then you see trash," said Patrick Kelly.

Kelly, better known as Captain Smiley, is on the water nearly every day.

"I think, for the most part, people don't intend on littering," said Kelly. "You know, people are cruising around in their boat, and you just got a little bit of liquid in that cup, and the wind blows it out into the water."

And the trash stays there, until someone picks it up.

"There's probably four bags of trash right here," Kelly said, standing on the riverbank.

He started the Little River River Sweep five years ago, inviting others to help clean the coast.

"It does a lot of damage in the environment," said Jim Swaim, who participates in the river sweep. "It damages our food sources and damages the quality of our water. We need to protect all those assets."

The Little River River Sweep is this Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Johnny Causey Landing in Little River.

There will be boats, kayaks and trash bags available for those participating.

Another local cleanup event is also taking place on Saturday at the Market Common, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of the"Keep America Beautiful" Great American Cleanup.

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