Waccamaw Riverkeeper

serving the rivers in the Winyah Bay Watershed

Help us protect our local rivers...become a member, donate, volunteer and/or shop

Join Us In Building a Strong Base of Local Support

Clean Water ActionNow in our 2nd decade, we have a strong base of members, both individual and business members, that support our work. We are grateful for their continuing support! Now we want to grow our membership to expand our programs and better fulfill our mission. Please join or renew with your pledge to maintain your level of support for the next decade. Membership has its rewards!

Join the Winyah Rivers Foundation! Click here for a printable membership application (PDF).


Scroll down for our online donation option.

Or you can always call (843) 349-4007 if you prefer to speak to a live person.

Thank you to all who donated on May 5th for Lowcountry Giving Day and a special thanks to the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina for hosting the event. We reached our goal of $10,000 in donation (actually over $11,000 was donated that day) and therefore earned $10,000 in matching funds. Thanks to all for supporting our work to protect fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and our future.

Membership Categories

Business Memberships

Businesses, your contribution supports your community's most valuable asset...WATER. Please partner with us and support our education and advocacy programs designed to protect our local rivers. Business members receive recognition through our quarterly “Riverspeak” newsletter, on our website and at our events. In addition to your financial contribution, we invite business employees to participate in our community-based events, including river cleanups, festivals, education events. An educated and engaged community is a community that recognizes the value of resources our local rivers provides for our families and our future.

Want to learn more about how your business can support the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program? Click here or send an e-mail.

Thank you to our Business Sponsors: Altman and Associates, Conway Medical Center, City of Conway.

Individual/Family/Student Memberships

Individuals and families are invited to become members and support our grassroots efforts to protect our local rivers. All members receive our quarterly newsletter "Riverspeak". Members at the Guardian through Champion levels earn rewards (tee shirt, poster, other monogrammed items) to show your support.

Champion $1000
Defender $500
Advocate $250
Guardian $100
Protector $50
Introductory (Year 1) $35
Student (full time) $10

Not interested in Membership and its benefits at this time? Just want to be a Friend to Winyah Rivers Foundation? Any and all donations are gladly accepted.


Other Ways to Support Us

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Make us smile...shop at Amazon Smile and Winyah Rivers Foundation will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


Looking for a rain barrel?  We still have a few at a great price.

We also have tee shirts (both long and short sleeve available). And posters too!

Contact the Riverkeeper for details.

And last, but not least, thank you to all our wonderful volunteers without whom we could not accomplish our mission!

2014 Volunteer of the Year is...the Ochsenbeins!

Jane and Chris OchsenbeinThe Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Joy Pinson Award for Exceptional Service to the Waccamaw River for 2014 was awarded to Jane and Chris Ochsenbein.

Jane and Chris are residents of Myrtle Beach, SC and are adoptees in the Adopt-a-Landing program. They have adopted Peachtree Landing and are on site multiple times a year keeping the landing clean.

The Ochsenbeins also run a kayak tour company called Gator Bait Adventure Tours and are always willing to help get people out on the water. In 2014 they became the Outings Leaders for the Sierra Club Winyah Group and are now helping to get many more people involved in environmental issues aroung the watershed.

The commitment of these two to the river and our watershed is greatly appreciated by all Winyah Rivers Foundation staff and board members and if you are interested in getting out on the water please check out their website here.

2013 Volunteer of the Year is...Jo Wayman!

Jo WaymanThe Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Joy Pinson Award for Exceptional Service to the Waccamaw River for 2013 was awarded to Jo Wayman.

Jo, a resident of Lake Waccamaw, NC, is a founding member of the volunteer water quality monitoring program in the North Carolina portion of the Waccamaw watershed.

Since 2011, Jo has taken a leadership role in this important citizen science project. She coordinates many of the activities necessary to maintain the water sampling equipment and supplies, is the team leader for the volunteer team that samples at two sites at Lake Waccamaw, prepares and analyzes both the turbidity and bacteria samples not only for her team but for the other lake team and its two sites, uploads sampling data into the online database, troubleshoots issues that occur from time to time and coordinates with the program administrators at the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program, Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy and Lake Waccamaw State Park.

Jo's contributions have been enormous not only in 2013 but for the program's entire tenure since 2011 and has resulted in its success over the past years.

Jo's commitment to the Waccamaw watershed is much appreciated by Winyah Rivers Foundation's Board of Directors, staff including the Riverkeeper and River Advocate,  our many supporters and the program administrators at Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy and at Lake Waccamaw State Park.

It is an honor to recognize Jo Wayman as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

Congratulations and thank you to Jo Wayman for her support of Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program.

Previous Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

2012 - Dale Stevens

2011 - Yakkity Yaker Kayak Group

2010 - Hal Vivian

2009 - Valerie Moliterno

2008 - Joe Elliott

2007 - John Bracken

2006 - Arthur “Rick” Rickenbaker

2005 - Buddy Freeman

2004 - Kaye and Charles King

2003 - Elizabeth Weems

2002 - Diana Jackson

2001 - Joy Pinson

Congratulations to all our Volunteers of the Year and to all of our wonderful volunteers!

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
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