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





The greater Winyah Bay watershed, otherwise known as the Lower PeeDee Basin (USGS HUC 030402)

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 working hard to make sure we watch over this large watershed with the support of the local community.

Our work is supported through membership, donations, fundraisers and grants.

Want to help us protect this wonderful resource?

Join the Winyah Rivers Foundation now!

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 of Winyah Rivers Foundation.

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Reggie Daves of Conway, SC, President

Dan Hitchcock of Pawleys Island, SC, Vice President

Mark Haugh of Conway, SC, Treasurer


Tom Badurski of Little River, SC

Aprelle Brown of Loris, SC

Walt Frank of Georgetown, SC

Richard Goldberg of Pawley's Island, SC

Ron Hartman of Murrells Inlet, SC

Greg Mitchell of Surfside Beach, SC

Robert Moran of Pawley's Island, SC

Doug Smith of Old Dock, NC

Rhett Talbert of Conway, SC

Beth Werkhoven of Conway, SC

Leslie Wilson of Conway, SC

Scientific Advisory Board

The Winyah Rivers Foundation is most fortunate to have several 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 (290 Allied Drive) | 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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