Protect the Lumber By Jefferson Currie II, Lumber Riverkeeper

The Lumber River is "outstandingly remarkable", part of North Carolina's Natural and Scenic River System and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. These designations recognized its outstanding assets, protecting the Lumber River for the present and future benefit of its people.

The proposed revised Clean Water Rule threatens these protections, particularly for many of Robeson County's Carolina bays. Some contain water year-round, others do not. But if they don't have direct connection to a navigable waterway, they may not be protected from future development.

Protect the Waccamaw by Cara Schildtknecht, Waccamaw Riverkeeper

The protection of Carolina Bays is a serious concern for the Waccamaw River Watershed under the proposed revised Clean Water Rule. Carolina Bays like Lake Waccamaw that have a clear connection to a navigable waterway are not at risk; however, the more typical geographically isolated Carolina Bays could be threatened.

Well Water Sampling

As we all know, Hurricane Florence was devastating for many areas of North Carolina and South Carolina. The rains that have fallen regularly through the fall and winter, has kept the  Lumber River at, or just below, flood stage for months, and many in the watershed are wondering when the river will go back to a more normal flow.

Ban On Bans Bill: Help us Protect Clean Water from Waste

From our friends at Coastal Conservation League: It was introduced in the Senate today. The ban on bans bill is back.

Senators Talley and Climer, both from the Upstate, are sponsoring Senate Bill 394—a proposal that violates home rule and would prevent towns and cities in South Carolina from passing local bans on single-use plastics.

Noticeably missing from the bill? A clause grandfathering in communities that have already taken meaningful steps to address single-use plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam. I’m looking at you:

2019 Waccamaw Conference: The Journey of Trash: Pollution to Solution

You may have seen the video of a plastic straw being yanked from the nostril of a sea turtle. You may also have seen the photos of the giant trash island in the Pacific. Maybe you have even seen our beaches and riverbanks littered with trash. We are constantly reminded that trash impacts our waterways.