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Nonprofits Launch Clean Water Effort

South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance CEO Gettys Brannon (left) and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance CEO Gettys Brannon (left) and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

Two South Carolina nonprofits are joining to help promote and protect some of the Palmetto State’s best-known waters.

The South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliance and Global Eco Adventures launched “Back Your Water,” a campaign to raise money for conservation programs by selling shirts that feature one of four waterways: Lake Hartwell, Lake Wylie, Lake Murray and Santee Cooper lakes. A portion of the sale of each $40 shirt will benefit clean water programs, habitat enhancement and floodwater monitoring.

“South Carolinians love their waterways,” SCBFA chief executive Gettys Brannon said in a statement. “We are excited for South Carolinians to be able to wear their water and contribute money directly back to the waterways we all enjoy.”

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South Carolina ranks seventh in the United States in registered boats per capita and sells more than 725,000 fishing licenses a year.

“SCBFA is an important voice protecting our state’s waterways, and every dollar contributed … will go directly to our programs for floodwater monitors, habitat restoration and water cleanups,” said Tom Mullikin, chairman of the GEA board.

The campaign will run in conjunction with South Carolina Boating and Fishing Week, which starts June 7.

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