Waccamaw Riverkeeper

serving the rivers in the Winyah Bay Watershed


Who we are?

Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program are licensed by WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE, a grassroots advocacy organization with waterkeepers working locally around the globe. Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide. We are dedicated to preserving and protecting YOUR WATER from polluters.

The common thread for each Waterkeeper program is a full-time person who serves as the Waterkeeper, the public advocate for that body of water. A Waterkeeper’s job is to advocate compliance with environmental laws, respond to citizen complaints, identify problems which affect the water body and devise appropriate remedies, educate the public and advocate for the public’s right to protect and defend the environment. Each Waterkeeper program reflects the needs of the water body and the community it represents.

Mallard ducks on the Waccamaw River
Mallards on the Waccamaw
photo: Steve Berkowitz

The Waterkeeper concept started on the Hudson River where a coalition of commercial and recreational fishermen mobilized in 1966 to reclaim the Hudson from its polluters.

Winyah Rivers Foundation is actively involved in Waterkeeper Alliance's major campaigns, including:

You can read more about the movement at the Waterkeeper Alliance website.

Waterkeepers Carolina

The waterkeepers in North and South Carolina work together to protect the waters of the Carolinas from pollution and polluters. Waterkeepers Carolina is a confederation of Riverkeepers in North Carolina of which the Waccamaw Riverkeeper is a part.

Winyah Rivers Foundation is actively involved with our Waterkeepers Carolina partners in protecting clean water and healthy communities in the Carolinas.

To learn more about Waterkeepers Carolina, visit our website at www.waterkeeperscarolina.org.

Interested in getting involved in our efforts to protect our rivers to keep them fishable, swimmable and drinkable?

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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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The Foundation would like to thank Courtney Burge for the design of our website. We're delighted with her work and recommend her to you.