Waccamaw Riverkeeper

serving the rivers in the Winyah Bay Watershed


Emma Gerald Boyer, Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Emma Gerald Boyer - Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Hello River-lovers!

I would like to introduce myself as the new Waccamaw Riverkeeper with Winyah Rivers Foundation!

I am succeeding Paula Reidhaar who led the organization from January 2014 through May 2015. Paula has accepted a position in Beaufort, NC to be close to her fiancé. Former Riverkeeper, Christine Ellis, remains an employee of Winyah Rivers Foundation in a part-time capacity working on projects within the North Carolina portion of the greater Winyah Bay watershed.

I graduated from George Mason University with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Policy in December 2014. I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2005. Between my Bachelor's and Master's degrees, I participated in various coastal and wetland related research and education projects here in South Carolina, in the Gulf of Mexico (on the Mississippi Canyon oil spill), in the Southwest, and in the greater Washington D.C. area.   This winter my husband and I bought a house in Georgetown and we are so glad to be back in the Carolina’s for good.  We spend our free time fixing up our fixer-upper and enjoy being outdoors with our pound puppy.

As a South Carolina native, the roots of my conviction for the environment lie here in the lowcountry. This opportunity is allowing me to achieve a life-long goal of working on and for my home. My enthusiasm for research, education, and community involvement all come into play as I step into this role.  I am honored to take on this post as Waccamaw Riverkeeper and look forward to working with everyone here at Winyah Rivers Foundation, our partners, and within and for this wonderful community for such an important cause.

From Reggie Daves, President of Winyah Rivers Foundation ...

We are sad to see Paula leave our organization as she has been a good Riverkeeper and an asset to our success. From all of us at Winyah Rivers Foundation, thank you Paula and good luck in your future endeavors!

Welcome Emma! We are happy to have you join our organization and further our mission of river protections. From all of us at Winyah Rivers Foundation, we welcome you and look forward to even more successes in the years to come!

Christine Ellis, River Advocate

Christine Ellis - River AdvocateChristine proudly served as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper from August 2006, when she replaced Hampton Shuping, Jr., through 2014. At that time, she stepped down to a part-time role as River Advocate focused on education and advocacy in the North Carolina portion of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. She thanks all of our supporters for helping us to meet our mission of river protections and our goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and for our future. She urges continued support for the organization and for its new Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Emma Gerald Boyer. Much work remains to be done and we must always keep a vigilant eye on our wonderful rivers and their riches in order to protect them.


Lisa Prendergast Swanger

Lisa Prendergast Swanger - Watershed EducatorIn her role as Coastal Waccamaw Watershed Education Programs Coordinator, Lisa serves a joint position as Coordinator of the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium and as an environmental educator for the RIVERKEEPER® Program. She supports our education and outreach efforts including planning river cleanups, the Waccamaw Conference, the photo contest and lots more. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Sociology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with her adorable dog, Wyatt. She is a great asset to our organization.

Riverkeeper Intern

Caroline Morton - Riverkeeper InternWe are pleased to have Caroline Morton working with us. Caroline is a Marine Science student at Coastal Carolina University. In addition to helping us in the office, Caroline is part of our volunteer water quality monitoring program on the Waccamaw and for the on-campus program. We are happy to help train the next generation of conservation leaders!

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