Waccamaw Riverkeeper

serving the rivers in the Winyah Bay Watershed

Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed.

Winyah Rivers Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization in January 2001. We are a grassroots organization of people from both North and South Carolina who are convinced that the preservation of our local rivers and their watersheds would best be served by hiring advocates to guard these waters from further harm.

Statement of Service

In serving this mission, the Foundation seeks to ensure that the land and water uses in the watershed support a high quality of life for all human and natural uses. Clean water is a vital essential for a healthy human and wildlife habitat. The Foundation will engage in researching, teaching and promoting the use of preventive and restorative measures. It makes no sense to foul our waters and then have to clean them up. Future generations depend on our wise use of land and water.

Winyah Rivers Foundation services the following rivers in the great watershed that empties into Winyah Bay at Georgetown, South Carolina:

Winyah Watershed

In 2002, Winyah Rivers Foundation sought and received a license from WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program and has implemented education and advocacy programs focused on the Waccamaw River watershed in both North and South Carolina since then.


The original intent of Winyah Rivers Foundation was to establish a RIVERKEEPER® program on each of the rivers in the great watershed that empties into Winyah Bay at Georgetown, South Carolina. We are now looking for funding to support a Pee Dee RIVERKEEPER® Program to watch over the Pee Dee River from the South Carolina border to Winyah Bay. Upstream in North Carolina, the Yadkin RIVERKEEPER® watches over the Yadkin-Pee Dee River.

The Foundation is supported through membership, donations, fundraisers and grants. Join the Winyah Rivers Foundation now to help us preserve this valuable resource!

Little blue heron bird on the Waccamaw River
Little Blue Heron
photo: Steve Berkowitz

Current Winyah Rivers Foundation Officers and Directors

The Foundation is made up of a Board of Directors, comprising a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as members-at-large, that govern and oversee the activities of staff of the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program. Want to learn more? Click for Board Member Responsibilities. Click for Board Application.


Reggie Daves of Conway, SC, President

Doug Smith of Old Dock, NC, Vice President

Martha Smith of Conway, SC, Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Badurski of Little River, SC

James Battle of Conway, SC

Walt Frank of Georgetown, SC

Richard Goldberg of Pawley's Island, SC

Dan Guy of Surfside Beach, SC

Ron Hartman of Murrells Inlet, SC

Daniel Hitchcock of Pawley's Island, SC

Robert Moran of Pawley's Island, SC

Rhett Talbert of Conway, SC

Rebecca Westbrooks of Chadbourn, NC

Leslie Wilson of Conway, SC

Greg Mitchell of Surfside Beach, SC

Scientific Advisory Board

The Winyah Rivers Foundation is most fortunate to have four well-known and respected scientists who are intimately familiar with the Waccamaw River.

Dr. Dennis M. Allen, University of South Carolina's Baruch Institute and Marine Science Program, Georgetown, SC

Dr. William Conner, Clemson University's Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown, SC

Dr. Daniel Hitchcock, Clemson University's Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown, SC

Dr. Susan Libes, Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy Conway, SC

Dr. Stan Riggs, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® | Center for Marine and Wetland Studies | Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954 | Conway, SC 29528-6054 | (843) 349-4007 | Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org
Winyah Rivers Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity.

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