The Adopt-A-Beach program is part of the DHEC Marine Debris Initiative and is a great way for businesses, civic clubs, school groups and neighborhood associations to make a significant contribution to the preservation of our coastal environment. Everyone who participates in a beach cleanup becomes a powerful advocate for the beach against litter.
DHEC's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has released a new application for the Adopt-A-Beach Program at MyCoast South Carolina. The new system provides a streamlined process for program registration, beach adoption, and marine debris data reporting. To get started, existing and new Adopt-A-Beach partners should visit the MyCoast South Carolina Adopt-A-Beach homepage to register with MyCoast, establish a beach cleanup group, and select a beach to adopt. In the new system, you will choose an entire beach to adopt rather than targeting a specific stretch of beach.* Once your group is registered, download the MyCoast application on any smartphone that will be taken to the beach (available for iOS and Android devices) and use the Adopt-A-Beach reporting tool to record the trash you remove from the beach. Use the reporting tool to tally debris items as you find them; debris weight will automatically be estimated based on the items you find and report. After your beach cleanup, view a summary of your event under the Beach Cleanup Reports section of MyCoast South Carolina.
* If you are an existing Adopt-A-Beach partner, you are welcome to continue collecting trash along a previously defined stretch of beach. However, feel free to move around your adopted beach from cleanup to cleanup. Based on the data you provide, we will be able to track which sections of beach are cleaned regularly, and which sections of beach may need additional attention.
As we transition to the new system, you may continue to use the Beach Clean Up Reporting Webform, email your scanned beach cleanup reporting forms to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail hard copy forms to the address provided on the form.
Thanks to everyone working to keep our coast clean and healthy!