I have finally submitted to the Waterkeeper Alliance, a final version of the proposal for a Charleston Waterkeeper. After months of revisions and improvements, the proposal has been sent off for review by the Waterkeeper Alliance’s Board of Directors. On September 14, 2008 the Board will meet to review all proposed programs. Each proposed program must meet all quality standards set forth by the Waterkeeper Alliance in order to become a member.

Until then, there is a scheduled site visit on Friday, August 22, by Waterkeeper Alliance board member, Dean Naujoks. Former Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, Dean will be visiting Charleston as the Alliance’s southeastern representative. He will be coming to evaluate our waterways, potential threats, need for a Waterkeeper, and all other aspects concerning this proposed program. This will be an essential part of the application process since this site visit will offer much insight into the necessity of establishing a Charleston Waterkeeper here in our community.