YAK IN A SACK?!
Taken from a Denmark-based initiative, YAK WITH A SACK has set three goals to meet its mission.
Remove a measurable amount of trash from the river annually.
Grow the local base of river-enthusiasts by offering free and reduced cost yak trips. Our rivers are for everyone.
Encourage the responsible economic development of our region's best and most underutilized asset, our rivers, through sustainable partnerships with local river-centric businesses and organizations.
So, how does it work?
For the pilot phase, YAK WITH A SACK has recruited sponsors and river enthusiasts to send out 2 kayakers every Sunday through the 2019 kayak season.
The kayakers are provided kayaks and life vests by Palmetto Outdoors, trash bags, gloves, and trash grabbers, and are accompanied by a certified river guide in a canoe to help haul filled trash bags and other waste materials. Post-trip, trash bags are weighed, recorded, and properly disposed of by Palmetto Outdoors.
Kayakers are encouraged to take photos and video of their trip to share online with the hashtag #yakwithasack.
Palmetto Outdoors, Soda City Friends, sponsors, and partners will amplify promotional efforts!
For the 2020 kayak season, the program aims to focus on providing free and reduce rate trips to sections of the general public who would ordinarily not have an opportunity to get out on the river.