Our Projects

Our mission is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. We are advocates for these waterbodies and use education and the force of the law to ensure that our rivers are fishable, swimmable and drinkable for our families and our future.

With our partners, including the communities we represent, we implement the following major programs listed below.

To keep up with what we do, check out our newsletter.


Clean Water Defense

We are WATERKEEPER® Alliance, united as one powerful force fighting for every community's right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water.  Through our Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program, we protect clean water and healthy habitats in the Waccamaw watershed. Since 2006, the Waccamaw Riverkeeper has worked with Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy and other partners, including community volunteers, to monitor water quality in the Waccamaw River watershed, from Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina to its outlet into Winyah Bay in South Carolina.

Click HERE for more details and to access the data.


Clean and Safe Energy

Our focus has been on addressing the threats to water quality and communities from fossil fuels, including coal combustion byproducts (coal ash), hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and natural gas infrastructure (methane pipelines) within the greater Winyah Bay watershed.

Click HERE for more details on our successes and our continuing efforts.


Pure Farms/Pure Waters

With our North Carolina Waterkeepers and WATERKEEPER® Alliance, we implement our North Carolina CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) Campaign, calling attention to the destructive practices of industrialized meat production, ensuring compliance with the Clean Water Act and supporting the family farms these practices endanger.  

Click HERE for more information on how industrial meat production facilities are harming the environment and the communities in the NC portion of our watershed.


Community Stewardship and Education

As a grassroots organization, we work to engage the community in stewardship of our valuable river resources. We do this by sponsoring educational programs and river cleanups and promoting river recreation.

Click HERE for more details.


Land Conservation

As part of our mission, we protect the lands and waters of our watershed. Conserving natural landscapes is an important aspect of our river protection efforts.

Click HERE for more details.