Journey of Trash: 2019 Waccamaw Conference focuses on protecting waterways

Waccamaw: Journey of Trash

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A conference held in Conway Saturday focused on “The Journey of Trash,” highlighting common sources and impacts in waterways throughout the Winyah Bay Watershed and what you can do to help.

This is not somewhere you would expect to see a mom and her 5-year-old daughter spending their Saturday afternoon.

“We go to all of the parks in Conway and at the beach and the kids really don’t like to see the trash either,” Laura Hunnicutt, a member of Keep Horry County Beautiful said.

Hunnicutt said her family was attending the 2019 Waccamaw Conference so she could show her daughter the importance of protecting and appreciating the rivers and coasts that we all depend on.

“When we say everything is connected we aren’t just talking about us being connected to our environment we are talking about the plants," Cara Schildtknecht, the Waccamaw Riverkeeper said. "We are talking about animals. We are talking about water. So much comes from our rivers. We get drinking water from rivers.”

Both women agree it's never to early to teach this lesson.

“Well I just think that the litter, in general, is a problem everywhere and if they don’t hear about it while they are young then they won’t realize the issue until it’s too late,” Hunnicutt said.

Schildtknecht said it’s incredible to see the next generation getting involved and wishes those who weren’t at the conference could all hear her message. “My message to them would be that everything is connected. Whether you think you are directly impacting your waterways, everything you do impact the waterways. And the most important thing is to never litter.”

If you would like to get involved, you can visit Keep Horry County Beautiful for more information.

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