Paddlers work to clean litter from Jeffries Creek

February 17, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – A handful of intrepid souls braved wind and rain Saturday morning for the first of many planned cleanups along Jeffries Creek in Florence.

The effort is part of FOWL – Florence Open Water Litter Fighters, said Victor Webster, one of the organizers behind the clean-up effort.

Two hurricanes in the fall of 2018 combined with a great deal of rain afterward served to keep the creek running high and fast – and carrying trash and debris downstream.

Jeffries Creek flows from its headwaters near the intersection of S.C. 34 and Calvary Road in Darlington County into the Great Pee Dee River just south of U.S. 76 near East National Cemetery Road.

Saturday’s focus was the bridges over the creek, where such debris has been accumulating, Webster said.

“Have a few more of my guys who said they were coming,” said Buddy Miles with Pee Dee Kayak Anglers – an organization that paddles and fishes the creek.

Part of the group’s mission statement calls on members to work to clean the waters in which they fish, Miles said.

“We’re going to do it every three months,” Webster said.

The plan is to merge FOWL into Keep Florence Beautiful, Webster said.

For more information contact Webster by email at victorw@palmettoshrimp.com or Keep Florence Beautiful.