William Miller always has a net ready.
Miller is the owner and operator of Charleston Sailing School, based in the Charleston City Marina. In the summer, when wind from the south blows against the marina, it blows trash that ends up tangled in spartina grass along the water’s edge.
Almost every day, he spends time netting water bottles, detergent jugs and plastic bags out of the water.
“This is people’s impression of Charleston,” Miller said of tourists who stop in for an impromptu lesson.
Charleston Sailing School’s boats all have nets aboard in case students and instructors spot a piece of trash on their way around the harbor.
They’re already a step ahead of the American Sailing Association, an affiliation of sailing schools that creates a standardized curriculum for its roughly 400 worldwide members. This week, the ASA is kicking off “Operation Plastic Pollution Purge,” an initiative to encourage its members to remove plastic from the water wherever they see it.