Waccamaw Riverkeeper

serving the rivers in the Winyah Bay Watershed

Welcome to the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program
of the Winyah Rivers Foundation

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

Paula Reidhaar, Waccamaw RiverkeeperWe are a grassroots organization whose members support the mission of protecting the rivers in the great watershed that empties into Winyah Bay at Georgetown, South Carolina, including the Waccamaw River, the Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers, the Black River, the Lynches River and the Sampit River.

The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program was established in 2002 to educate and advocate for the protection of the Waccamaw River watershed in North and South Carolina. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper is a paid advocate who works to mobilize citizens to protect the river and its traditional beneficial uses.

Please support our education and advocacy programs to protect our local rivers by volunteering, donating and becoming a member today. Together we can make a difference to keep our local rivers

Fishable, Swimmable, Drinkable

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What's New in the Winyah Bay Watershed

Duke Energy reported a coal ash spill near Eden, NC on Monday February 3rd. The spill took place nearly 24 hours prior to being reported.Over 80,000 tons of coal ash have already spilled into the Dan River near the NC/VA border and material continues to flow out. North Carolina Riverkeepers are working diligently to gather information regarding the details of this spill and force Duke Energy to take action.


This is one reason we on the Waccamaw are glad that Grainger is responsible for removing their coal ash. We will keep a close eye on the progress of this project and hope to prevent any tragedy such as what happened in Eden. The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is also working on an intervention against Duke Progress Energy regarding the Weatherspoon plant which has ash ponds along the Lumber River in southern NC in hopes of requiring removal of this material as well.

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Public Input Sessions - NC Waccamaw River Blue Trail

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Public Input Sessions Scheduled

Community members...we need you to provide feedback on an initiative to develop a paddle trail on the Waccamaw River in North Carolina. The Waccamaw River Blue Trail project in North Carolina is an expansion of an existing effort in South Carolina. Brunswick County and Columbus County residents in particular are invited to join North Carolina stakeholders at one or more of four public meetings in late January/early February. The purpose of these meetings is to describe the proposed project and get feedback from citizens.

In Columbus County, public meetings will be held in the evenings from 7:00-8:00pm Thursday, January 20th at Lake Waccamaw State Park and Tuesday, January 25th at Old Dock Community Center.

In Brunswick County, public meetings will be held in the evenings from 7:00-8:00pm Thursday, January 27th at the Waccamaw Community Center (Ash, NC) and Tuesday, February 1st at the Wild Life Bait & Tackle (Pireway, NC).

This project is in the beginning stages and community feedback is greatly appreciated. There will also be an opportunity for questions. click here for the informational flyer. If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Jennifer Holcomb at 910-640-2818 or call Brunswick County Parks and Recreation at 910-253-2670.

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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