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2018 River Celebration

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Purchase Tickets here!

Annual River Celebration is a fun-filled evening celebrating the wonderful Waccamaw River! Taking place on Sunday, January 14th from 4pm-8pm at The Warehouse on the Waccamaw River, 100 Laurel Street in Conway, SC. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided! Activities will include live music by The Steady Hand String Band, evening boat rides with Capt. Jim of Riverside Memories along the Waccamaw River, silent AND live auction, pine sap swamp potato and much much more!  Advance tickets are recommended: $40 per person (non- members) / $35 per person (members) / $20 per person (full-time students - must provide student ID, no alcohol). Order tickets here or by phone, call (843) 349-4007.
 
Interested in donating or sponsoring our Annual River Celebration?  
Learn more here!

2018 Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, February 10, 2018

 

 

We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 10, 2018 for our annual Waccamaw Conference at the Horry County Museum in Conway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!  Contact the Waccamaw Riverkeeper for more information.

Past Events

River Sweep

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Join the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® for a fun clean up event along the Waccamaw River! Volunteers will meet at the Conway Marina (4 Elm Street in downtown Conway) at 9:00am and clean until the free cook-out at 12:00pm. Free kayaks and canoes will be available (first come, first served). You may also bring your own boat (boat launch fee waived) or be ferried to clean along the riverbank! Not interested in getting out on the water? No problem! Helping hands are also needed to clean up on land along the river. Please contact Lisa Swanger or call 843-349-2839 to register.  

Annual Data Conference

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mark your calendar! This year's conference to discuss the results of our Waccamaw Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program will take place on Thursday, October 8th, from 9am to 12pm, at Coastal Carolina University's Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies Building (290 Allied Drive, Conway, SC). Please check back for more details shortly!

Lowcountry Giving Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who donated on Lowcountry Giving Day, the Coastal Community Foundation on South Carolina's local 24-hour online giving challenge. Over $11,000 was donated to our cause resulting in $10,000 of match money! Thank you to everyone who donated that day and for helping us to protect fishable, swimmable, drinkable water.

Spring River Clean-up

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This took place at the Conway Marina. A BIG thank you goes out to all who braved the heavy rains to help protect the river!

Hobnob at Hobcaw

Saturday, March 14, 2015

This benefit in support of the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program was hosted at the Kimbel Pond Shelter at Hobcaw Barony. Thank you to all who joined us and a special thanks to our Georgetown County board members who hosted the event.

CLEAN: 2015 Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This year's conference was a complete success! We would like to thank everyone who came and contributed to this event. It took place at the HGTC Conference Center on the Grand Strand Campus and included speakers from USGS, SC DNR, TNC, CCU, American Rivers, and the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. The 2015 cohost organization was Keep Horry County Beautiful. For those who were unable to attend the conference, please see the presentations at: Advancing Land Protection and Conservation Planning Along the Waccamaw River. 

Holiday Charitable Giving

Thursday, November 19, 2015 to Friday, January 1, 2016

Donation Amount $100 Donation $100.00 USD $50 Donation $50.00 USD Sizes Small Medium Large X-Large

2016 Photography Contest

Monday, February 1, 2016 to Friday, April 22, 2016

Contest Rules The 9th Annual Winyah Rivers Foundation (WRF) Photo Contest will accept entries February 1st – April 22nd 2016. The goal is to promote the beauty of our local rivers and to raise funds for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program. Rules for Entering: The contest is open to everyone. Emphasis in judging will be given to photographs that show the splendor and charm of our local rivers and ecosystems. Each contestant may enter as many photographs as desired. Categories: 1) Georgetown County; 2) Scenic; 3) Wildlife; 4) Cell Phone The photographs should have been taken in North or South Carolina. For the Georgetown County category, the photo must be taken in Georgetown County, SC.   Each contestant agrees to allow WRF and its sponsors to use their entries, without compensation, to promote the goals of the Foundation. This may include exhibition, calendar, and fundraising. All entrants will retain the right to their work. To enter, provide WRF with an 8x10 inch print AND a digital file for each entry. Do not tape anything to photo or put photo on foam core. Prints will not be returned. Attach (with a paper clip or something similar) a piece of paper to each photograph that has your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. Print or type the category in large letters on this piece of paper along with a title for the picture and if desired, a short description. Do not put anything on the front of the photo. Winners will be announced at a reception at the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum on Friday, May 6th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Winning photographs will hang in the Museum, followed by the Horry County Courthouse and other venues. Entry fee is $10.00 per photograph, with cash or check payable to WRF, delivered to Winyah Rivers Foundation, Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University, 290 Allied Drive, Conway, SC 29526 (room #130 or #121) or by mail to Winyah Rivers Foundation, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054. All entries must be received by NOON on April 22nd 2016.   For questions, email lswanger@coastal.edu. Awards: Best of Show and 1st Place in each category - $100.00 and a framed photo print with engraving. Additional prizes to be determined. All 2nd & 3rd place winners - a WRK shirt and ribbon. All remaining photo entries will be entered into a pool for a chance to be selected as the “People’s Choice”. This winner will be chosen by attendees during the reception on May 6th and will receive a prize. Winners are eligible for only one prize. 2016 Contest Sponsors: Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, 803 LABS, Inc., Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum. Secondary sponsors: The Horry Independent, Waccamaw Outdoors.   Check out our YouTube video highlighting entries from previous years at https://www.youtube.com/embed/9o_KeGyeJqY?blm_aid=0

Annual Data Conference Water Quality in the Waccamaw

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lowcountry Giving Day

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We're officially registered for Lowcountry Giving Day and donations opened up on April 1st! To learn more about how to support us, please visit their website at: www.lowcountrygivingday.com Last year we raised over $20,000!  We're counting on generous supporters like you to surpass this amount!  There are several new ways to give this year making this an exciting opportunity for merchants, employers and individual contributors.  We are honored to be a registered nonprofit in one of the biggest celebrations of Lowcountry giving!  

2016 Annual Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016 Annual Waccamaw Conference   Weather and Climate in Your Watershed               The Waccamaw Conference is an annual educational conference for the public focused on the importance of our natural resources and efforts to protect them. The 2016 conference is co-hosted by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation, North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium. This year’s theme is “Weather and Climate in Your Watershed” and will feature topics relating to climate and weather and their influence on our local water systems. Additionally, the conference will incorporate discussions about the effects of weather and climate on the local environment and community connections to the climate system. Presenters include representatives from Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina Baruch Institute, SC Department of Natural Resources, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments and more.   When: Saturday, March 5th 2016 from 8:30am – 12:30pm   Where: HGTC Grand Strand Conference Center 950 Crabtree Lane (Building 600) Myrtle Beach, SC (adjacent to The Market Common)   Doors open at 8:30 am. The registration fee includes admission to exhibits, concurrent sessions and refreshments ($10 – non-RIVERKEEPER® members; $5 RIVERKEEPER® members). Welcome begins at 9:00 am. Concurrent sessions begin at 9:15am and include presentations about our coastal ecosystems from organizations working locally and regionally. Presenters include representatives from Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina Baruch Institute, SC Department of Natural Resources, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments and more. Exhibitor booths open from 8:30am – 11:45am, with an exhibitor and refreshment session taking place at 10:30am. Conference closes at 12:30pm.   To register or order your tickets on line, please click the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14FqG0soSg2nwgE8nwAqEzvzMxMbbBa7OK2cbUmIASBo/viewform?usp=send_form Please give us up 24 hours to process your request.   General Conference Agenda Summary   8:30 am - 9:00 am:  Registration, Coffee & Exhibits 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Conference Welcome 9:15 am - 11:45 am: Concurrent Sessions (see below for speakers) 11:50 pm - 12:30 pm: Conference Keynote & Wrap-Up   Speaker Line-up: 9:15 am - 9:45 am:  Paul Conrads, U.S. Geological Survey (Track 1); Amanda Brennan, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (Track 2)   9:45 am - 9:55 am:  Break   9:55 am - 10:25 am: Dr. Susan Libes, Waccamaw Watershed Academy - Coastal Carolina University (Track 1); Dr. Bill Clendenin, SC Department of Natural Resources (Track 2)   10:25 am - 11:00 am: Exhibitor session and refreshments   11:00 am - 11:30 am: Jennifer Plunket, Baruch - University of South Carolina (Track 1); Dennis Allen, Baruch - University of South Carolina (Track 2)   11:50 pm - 12:30 pm: Ellison M. Smith, III, South Carolina State Guard           Winyah Rivers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with the mission to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. www.winyahrivers.org. North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, located in Georgetown, SC was established in 1992.  The mission of the Reserve is to promotes healthy estuaries, and thriving ecosystems through research and education.  It is 1 of 28 reserves around the coastal United States that form the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. http://www.northinlet.sc.edu/ Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium was established in 2004 to assist local governments to meet federal requirements for stormwater education and public involvement. This includes programs for diverse audiences within the Waccamaw River Basin and coastal watersheds along South Carolina’s northern coast. www.cwsec-sc.org    

Clean Up Our Local Waterways 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016

Earth Day Community Clean-Ups: Great American Cleanup at Grand Park and The Market Common district – starts at 9 a.m. – meet at The Market Common community garden at the corner of Pampas Drive and Meyers Avenue in Myrtle Beach Cleanup Day in Darlington is Saturday – starts at 8 a.m. – meet at the Darlington Chamber of Commerce at 38 Public Square in Darlington Fifth Annual Little River River Sweep – starts at 8 a.m. – meet at Johnny Causey Boat Landing in North Myrtle Beach Earth Day at the Bay – starts at 11 a.m. – meet at Ocean Bay Middle School at 905 International Drive in Myrtle Beach Racepath Community Cleanup – starts at 8 a.m. – meet at the Racepath Community Center at 1690 Racepath St., in Myrtle Beach Ronald McNair Boulevard, Dick Scobee Road and Christa McAuliffe Street Cleanup – starts at 9 a.m. – meet at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church on Ronald McNair Boulevard at the intersection with Christa McAuliffe Street in Myrtle Beach April 23rd, Kick-Off Event from 9am-12pm, Conway Marina April 23rd, 9am- 12pm Clean-Up Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area, in Conway, SC. Sponsored by Black River Outdoors April 23rd, 1- 3pm Clean-Up at Enterprise Landing off Bay Rd & Enterprise Rd on the ICW Sponsored by Winyah Group SC Sierra Club April 23rd, Clean-Up at Lynches River in South Carolina from the Old #4 Bridge to the 52 boat ramp Sponsored by Adam Silverman April 23rd through May 7, Community Clean-Ups on Local Waterways April 24th, 10am- 4pm Clean-Up at Lynches River County Park to the Rt. 52 boat ramp Sponsored by Lynches River Yacht Club. April 24th, 9am- 12pm at J.Todd Landing Sponsored by Gator Bair Adventure Tours. April 30th, 9am - 12pm, Old Reeves Ferry Landing Sponsored by Benjamin Thepaut.  May 1st, 10am- 4pm Clean-Up From the Old #4 Bridge at the junction of McAllister Mill Rd. and Meadow Prong Rd. to the Lynches River County Park Sponsored by Lynches River Yacht Club. May 7th, 11-2pm Clean-Up and 2- 4pm Trash Bash, The Boathouse Myrtle Beach The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation invites you to join our event, Clean Up Our Local Waterways!  From April 23rd through May 7th, we’re asking you to join in or organize a clean-up in and around our beautiful local waterways.    TO REGISTER NOW CLICK HERE   Kick-Off Event  April 23rd from 9am-12pm, at The Conway Marina, 4 Elm Street in Conway SC The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER is hosting our kick-off event for our Clean Up Our Local Waterways event. This one-day volunteer event is part of a community-wide clean up of our local waterways scheduled to run from April 23rd through May 7th.  For this kick-off event, meet at the Conway Marina located at 4 Elm Street in downtown Conway, SC.  Bring your own water and snacks.  Free kayaks and canoes will be available (first come, first served). You may also bring your own boat (boat launch fee will be waived). Not interested in getting out on the water? No problem! Helping hands are also needed to clean up on land along the riverbank, parking lot and playground.      Community Waterway Clean-Ups From April 23rd through May 7th, 2016 join in or organize a clean-up along our beautiful waterways.  Perfect for church groups, schools, earth day celebrations and/or volunteer opportunities.  To register your group today, please go to: Register.  Join in with thousands of local residents working together to help clean beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of trash and debris.    Trash Bash May 7th, 2-4pm, The Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, SC All clean-up volunteers are welcome to join us at the Trash Bash!  Come clean-up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from 11am-2pm then join all the volunteers who participated in the Riverkeeper's Clean Up Our Local Waterways event from 2-4 pm. Enjoy great food and music with everyone who volunteered and cleaned up their favorite local waterway.  All participants are eligible to earn raffle tickets for great prizes including tickets to Carolina Country Music Festival, VIP tour at the Sweetwater Brewery, gift certificates and much, much more!   Support our efforts to keep our local waterways clean, healthy, swimmable, drinkable and fishable.  Check out our promotional video, and please share with your family and friends.    AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU CAN JOIN ANY OF OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN-UPS.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF REGISTERED CLEAN-UPS.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER, JUST SHOW UP!     The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is sponsored by Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is "to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the  Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program."   

Hobnob at Hobcaw

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Click here for the Press Release   Hobnob at Hobcaw – a benefit for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Saturday April 2nd, 2016 PURCHASE TICKETS NOW The Board of Directors of Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc. invites you to join us for our annual fundraiser at the beautiful Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony. Hobnob at Hobcaw is a benefit for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program and provides operating support for its education and advocacy programs to protect fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and for our future. This year’s Hobnob at Hobcaw will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at the Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony. The fun begins at 4 pm. The party includes a variety of tasty southern fare including oysters, beer and wine, live music by Sawgrass and a few silent auction items. Call ahead or purchase tickets at the door. ($25pp members, $30pp non-members, $20pp students) Call 843-349-4007 for more information. Come out celebrate the beginning of spring and support the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program of Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc! PURCHASE TICKETS NOW Please give us up to 24 hours to process your tickets.  Thank You. The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is sponsored by Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is "to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program." WACCAMAW RIVERKEEPER® WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION Emma Gerald Boyer PO Box 261954 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC 29528-6054 290 Allied Drive www.winyahrivers.org Conway, SC 29526 (843) 349-4007

Mother's Day Cruise

Sunday, May 1, 2016

MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE  To Protect Clean Water Send or bring your Mom on a scenic cruise of the Waccamaw River.  Enjoy an afternoon of sight-seeing, delicious food and wine, all for a good cause… to protect and preserve clean water.  Experience the picturesque riverfront of Conway, South Carolina’s Historic Rivertown, while enjoying a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Waccamaw River.  Soak in the peace and serenity of the riverboat “River Memories”, a luxurious and quiet electric cruising yacht.  Captain Jim, a Conway native, takes you on a history and nature adventure.  Travel back in time when Native Americans inhabited this area.  See a 19th century warehouse once used by steamboats that plied the dark and mysterious waters of the Waccamaw.  View historic southern riverfront homes that belonged to some of Conway’s earliest and most prominent citizens.  Most of all, take in the beauty of nature.  A southern swamp dominated by bald cypress trees, moss draped live oaks, and an abundance of native wildlife to include the king of the river – the American Alligator.   ​WHEN: MAY 1ST  (Rain date scheduled for May 8th), Choose either the 1pm or 3pm tour. WHERE: Conway Marina, Tour "River Memories" hosted by Captain Jim. TICKETS: $35 Per Person if you purchase your tickets before April 25th or are a RIVERKEEPER® member, $40 per person after April 25th.  Includes a 90 minute scenic tour out of Conway Marina, delicious food, wine, hand- crafted corsage by Daisy Fair Flowers and a gift for your special mom from the RIVERKEEPER®. Save your ticket for a chance to win a Father's Day Gift Basket. HOW TO ORDER TICKETS:  Please complete our online REGISTRATION FORM and give us up to 24 hours to process your request.  We will send you an invoice through PayPal to purchase your tickets.  Once we recieve confirmation of your payment, we will electronically email your tickets to print.  Please be sure to print your tickets and bring them the day of the cruise for a chance to enter the Father's Day Gift Basket raffle.    DIRECTIONS: ​ 100% of the proceeds will benefit Winyah Rivers Foundation and support it's mission to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed thanks to our generous supporters.      

The "Outstandingly Remarkable" Lumber River Paddle

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WHEN?  SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH WHERE?  PRINCESS ANNE ACCESS AT LUMBER RIVER STATE PARK TO FAIR BLUFF WHAT TIME?  ARRIVE BY 9 AM, JOCKEY CARS AND RETURN FOR LAUNCH TRIP DURATION? ~11.5 river miles, ~ 5 hours paddling WHAT TO BRING? 10+ foot Kayak or Canoe, essentials including hat, sunglasses, footwear, sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks, lunch and a sense of adventure! We’ll launch from the Lumber River State Park’s Princess Anne access in Orrum, NC (Latitude: 34.390023 / Longitude: -79.002220)(http://www.ncparks.gov/lumber-river-state-park). Upon arrival we’ll drop off our boats, jockey cars to the take out point at Fair Bluff (Riverside Dr. just off of Main Street & Hwy 904), then we’ll return to Princess Anne to begin our paddle along the beautiful blackwater Lumber River! Contact Christine@winyahrivers.org for more information and/or to confirm your participation.  

Fall of 2016 Cleanup Our Local Waterways

Saturday, September 10, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

Come celebrate World Rivers Day and join a community-wide initiative to cleanup our local waterways!  This Fall we kick-off our cleanups on Septmeber 10th and end with a cleanup & World River's Day celebration on September 25th at the Conway Marina.  During this two week initiative, Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Adopt-A-Landing program and it's dedicated volunteers are asking for your support! What can I do to help?   Click here to register to be a clean up coordinator.  Set a date during the two week initiative- 9/10 through 9/25 for  2-4 hour(s).  Identify a public landing along the Waccamaw River you want to cleanup.  Invite all your friends and family to come along.   Bags, gloves, pickers and vests will be provided by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®. Join one of the cleanups and meet our dedicated team of volunteers.  Help protect clean water and its wildlife and learn more about the impacts of trash and pollution.  Please click here for a list of cleanups you can join today.  Bags, gloves, pickers and vests will be provided by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®.  Simply email the coordinator of the cleanup you want to join. Beach Sweep/ River Sweep- September 17th-  'Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina's largest one-day volunteer cleanup event of its kind. Every 3rd Saturday in September, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris. The cleanup, organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has taken place annually since 1988 - when Sea Grant first started it. The Sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. Once the Sweep is over, the Ocean Conservancy tallies all of the debris data. This data helps us learn the sources of litter so we can stop pollution before it starts.' World Rivers Day Celebration- September 25th, 12- 2pm Conway Marina, 4 Elm Street, Conway, SC To register please complete the following form: World Rivers Day Registration Form 'World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world.  Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.'    Why Should We Care?  Learn More About Our Adopt-A-Landing Program And The Importance Of Protecting Clean Water.  Interested In Learning More About Becoming An Adopt-A-Landing Supporter?  Please Visit: Www.Winyahrivers.Org.  

River Celebration

Sunday, October 23, 2016

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODING POSTED ON 10/17/16   Annual River Celebration is a fun-filled evening celebrating the wonderful Waccamaw River! Taking place in October from 5pm-9pm at the Riverside Club on the Waccamaw River, off of Hwy 90 in Conway, SC. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided! Activities will include live music, evening boat rides with Capt. Jim along the Waccamaw River, as well as silent AND live auctions!  Advance tickets are recommended: $30 per person (members) / $35 per person (non-members) / $20 per person (full-time students - must provide student ID, no alcohol). Tickets are available online, at www.winyahrivers.org or call (843) 349-4007. Interested in attending or becoming an event sponsor or donor, please learn more at www.winyahrivers.org  

Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference Tuesday October 18th, 2016 12:30pm-4:00pm     The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation and Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy are hosting the Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference on Tuesday, October 18th 2016 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm in room #100 at the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies located at 290 Allied Drive, Conway, SC 29528. This event is open to all who are interested. Come learn about current water quality monitoring and reporting efforts in the region. Click here for a printed version of the Save the Date For more information contact:   Emma Gerald Boyer Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® A Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation Center for Marine and Wetland Studies 290 Allied Drive Conway, SC 29528-6054 (843) 349-4007 Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org www.winyahrivers.org  

Summer Splash Paddle

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Yakkity Yakers would like to extend an invite to all Waccamaw Riverkeeper supporters to join us on a Summer Splash paddle! The date of the paddle will be Saturday, August 13, 2016. We will be launching at Chris Anderson Landing on Rt. 9 and we will be taking out at Big Savannah Bluff Landing off of Rt. 905. This paddle is approximately 8 miles. Generally we will spend about 5 hours on the water. Although it does not take that long to paddle this distance, we at the Yakkity Yakers paddle at Nature’s pace as not to leave anyone behind. We often take breaks and play in the water on sandbars. I believe you will find this paddle very laid back and fun. If interested you can join the paddle through Yakkity Yakers Facebook Page, or you can contact Mark Coburn directly, via email at markanddee2003@yahoo.com More info can be found on the Facebook Event page at Yakkity Yakers. 

Wooden Boat Show

Saturday, October 15, 2016 to Sunday, October 16, 2016

Saturday, October 15th, 11am - 6pm Sunday, October 16th, 11am- 4pm Wooden Boat Show- It may be the Wooden Boat Show, but, as the old saying goes, “whatever floats your boat.” For the 26th annual show, a new signature event will be the Cardboard Boat.    

North Dakota Pipeline & Local Environmental Issues

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 Hosted by UNC-Pembroke's Office of Community & Civic Engagement, join informed panelists in a discussion about issues impacting the Robeson County community. Learn more

Monthly Paddle hosted by Yakkity Yakers and Mark Coburn

Saturday, October 22, 2016

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING 10/17/16 This is another Yakkity Yaker Invitation Paddle for the Waccamaw Riverkeeper hosted by Mark Coburn, an advid supporter of our programs.  This is a new program we have started with Riverspeak readers where we will have random paddles inviting them to share in with us!!!!!!! In this one we will launch at Enterprise Landing at 2pm, then depending on tide direction  we will paddle out and enter the Waccamaw River for a relatively slow paced short paddle.  Afterwards everyone will be welcome to join us at the Yakkity Yakers favorite Mexican Restaraunt "La Hacienda" in Socastee for lots of food, fun, and friendship!

2017 Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, February 11, 2017

  CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE BROCHURE  

Stop the Pipeline

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Join us for "Robeson County, Prayer Walk for the Protection of our People and the Places Where We Live, Stop the Pipeline" on Saturday, November 19 from 1:30-4pm.  Sign up to join us at EcoRobeson's Prayer Walk on Facebook or visit the EcoRobeson website.  

Alert Action- Duke's Weatherspoon & Coal Ash

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On Thursday, December 8th at 6 pm at Robeson Community College's A.D. Lewis Auditorium, when NC DEQ will host a public meeting on Duke's draft permits seeking permission to discharge wastewater and stormwater from the Weatherspoon Plant to the Lumber River and Jacob Swamp in Lumberton. We'll be there on December 8th to submit our comments on Duke's draft permits and invite you to join us to submit your own comments and/or to show your support for protecting our people and our environment from toxic coal ash. Want more information? Contact christine@winyahrivers.org or visit the NCDEQ website. And here's a good article about coal ash in North Carolina.

Giving Tuesday 11.29.16

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016

We’re calling on you to jump in!  #ProtectWinyahRivers, on #GivingTuesday, 11.29.16. Support fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for our families and our future. Join us!  If we raise $10,000, WPDE’s Chief Meteorologist, Ed Piotrowski will participate in a River Jump on 12.1.16 at Enterprise Landing at 12PM.  Jump in now to help us raise the funds that support our efforts to protect our rivers and clean water.   #GivingTuesday Opportunities:  1.      Donate now!  Share the gift of clean water during the holiday season.  Jump in now and explore our gift options!   You can visit our Giving Options link to learn more or click the DONATE button below.   2.      River Jump!  Jump into one of our local rivers, capture your jump, upload your photo  or video to social media, add that you are jumping in to #ProtectWinyahRivers on #GivingTuesday because you actively #ProtectCleanWater.  Share with your family and friends and ask them to jump in too!  Check out our Facebook Page to learn more.   RIVER JUMP EVENT DETAILS ​On 12.1.16 We're inviting you to Jump in the River with us!  We'll be live at Enterprise Landing at 12PM with WPDE's Chief Meteorologist, Ed Piotrowski.  Rain Date: 12.2.16  This is a great way to celebrate and support our rivers.  All of us at Winyah Rivers Foundation will be jumping!  Join in the fun, participate in the River Jump and show your community that you care about clean water.   For the rivers...  For our wildlife... For fishable, swimmable and drinkable water... ​For our families and our future...  

Hobnob at Hobcaw Invites you to a River Celebration

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Purchase Tickets Here:    

2017 Photo Contest

Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017

For a list of the contest rules, cash prizes and awards click here.  Awards celebration on May 5th from 5:30- 7:00 pm.  Hosted by the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.  Click here for directions.  Please try to limit the size/ compress your photographs for website before uploading, we have a 8mb size limit.

River Walk and Paddle for the Waccamaw

Saturday, April 22, 2017

River walk and paddle for the Waccamaw River at the Conway River Walk and Marina April 22nd, 10a.m.- 12p.m. Come celebrate the important work being done on the Waccamaw River to protect our rivers and waterways and learn about your watershed.  A fun family event for all ages!   This Earth Day show your appreciation for the countless number of researchers and professionals, local residents, and river enthusiasts who have dedicated their time to our river by walking with us along the River walk or paddling alongside it on the Waccamaw River.  Free kayaks. First come, first served.  Public Parking located at 110 Main Street & Laurel Street (across from Warehouse). We will start at the River Walk and end at the Conway Marina, 4 Elm Street.

Meet the Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We invite you to meet Cara on a kayak tour of the Waccamaw River, launching from the Conway Marina at 9am on May 17th. Kayaks are available free of charge thanks to Gator Bait Adventure Tours, please visit their website at www.GatorBaitKayakAdventures.com to reserve a kayak. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. After the paddle, our staff will be stopping by Bonfire - A Smokin' Taqueria located at 110 Main Street in Conway at 12pm for lunch; and the public is welcome to join us. Cara also invites you to stop by her office in the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She can be reached at Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org and by telephone at (843) 349-4007. 

Ride the Tide

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Please join us in our third annual Ride the Tide event to raise money for the Waccamaw Riverkeeper and Winyah Rivers Foundation on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Registration will open at 9:00am - Water blast off 10:00-11:00am. Float with us on any non-motorized vehicle such as a tube, kayak, canoe, rent one from us or MAKE YOUR OWN FLOAT! Join us after the fun for an all you can eat Low Country boil including, drinks, vendors, live bands and more at the Pawleys Island Raw Bar and Seafood Shack!​   SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE:  Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, take a look at the sponsorship opportunities here.  Sponsors please download and complete the sponsorship form here.   REGISTER FOR RIDE THE TIDE: Interested in attending the event, please download the registration form here.     All volunteers who cleanup on the Waccamaw River from 9/2 through 9/16 will receive a 1/2 off discounted price on registration and a free meal ticket.  Cleanup data must be entered in order to receive the discount.

Cleanup Our Local Waterways Fall 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cleanup Our Local Waterways kicks-off on 9/2 and runs through 9/16.     Sept 2nd, 9 am- 12pm, Conway Riverwalk Park at the end of Elm Street in Conway, SC.  We will kick-off Cleanup Our Local Waterways with a cleanup at the Conway Riverwalk Park and a Kindness Rocks Painting Party.  Visit our Kindness Rocks Project Page here. Sept 2nd through the 16th, Cleanup Our Local Waterways Adopters and Volunteers cleanup all along the Waccamaw River.  For more information, please visit our Waccamaw River Cleanups Facebook Group.   Sept. 16th, 9am- 8:30 pm, Litchfield Plantation Riversweep and Ride the Tide event.  Visit our Ride the Ride Events Page here.   All Adopt-a-Landing adopters should schedule a cleanup at their respective landings during our Cleanup Our Local Waterways two-week initiative.   Once you have scheduled your cleanup, please inform us by emailing April O'Leary, Program Officer and add your cleanup to our Waccamaw River Cleanups Facebook Group.  Please contact us if you have any questions and give us two week advanced notice if you need supplies.  We provide gloves, trash bags, pickers, stream team bags and first aide kits.

Raffle for Sandy Island Kayak Tour

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

              THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF BLACK RIVER OUTDOORS, WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION IS RAFFLING OFF A 4 PERSON, 4 HOUR KAYAK TOUR OF SANDY ISLAND. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION AND THE WACCAMAW RIVERKEEPER PROGRAM.  TOUR IS VALUED AT $240! RAFFLE BEGINS 11-6-17 AND ENDS ON 11-22-17. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ON 11-22-17. RAFFLE TICKETS: $10 = 1 RAFFLE TICKET, $20 = 2 RAFFLE TICKETS OR $40 = 5 RAFFLE TICKETS. PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS HERE:       This tour leaves from Wacca Wache Landing, and we paddle up the Waccamaw river and into a little creek that takes us to a dock on Sandy Island. Guests will get the cypress swamp experience very similar to our 2-hour cypress tour. What makes Sandy Island special is that we get out onto the Island and take an awesome 45-minute walk through the long leaf pine sandhills that cover the island and see a Carolina Bay that is home to very rare and unusual carnivorous plants. We break for lunch (which people should bring with them) and then we paddle around some more and end up back at the landing. The snakes and alligators are abundant (but still harmless) and we see a great number of birds including nesting osprey and great blue herons. This is our guides favorite tour during the milder months (March through November), and the best chance to see alligators, but it can get pretty quiet, but still beautiful, in the colder months. VISIT WWW.BLACKRIVEROUTDOORS.COM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TOUR AND BLACK RIVER OUTDOORS.