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The Open-House-Sailing-Extravaganza scheduled in partnership with Ocean Sailing Academy has been postponed. Today’s event will be rescheduled due to a bit of a curve ball thrown by Mother Nature. Projected rains and thunderstorms are scheduled to fill our skies and seas throughout the afternoon. We will make sure to keep all of you updated on the day and time of the rescheduled event. This will be a great chance to come out and discover ways you can preserve, protect and enjoy Charleston’s waterways.

This week, Charleston Water System announced that they will be temporarily suspending their process of adding trace amounts of fluoride to our tap water. According to a recent press release, the fluoride tank at the Hanahan Water Treatment Plant will be out of service until the summer of 2009.

“Charleston Water System adds fluoride to treated drinking waters at levels recommended by the American Dental Association and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control to help prevent tooth decay.” If you have any questions regarding how this suspension will affect your health you are advised to consult your dentist.

Charleston Water System serves the greater Charleston area, including downtown, West Ashley, Hollywood, Meggett, Ravenel, Lincolnville, James Island, Folly Beach, North Charleston, Daniel Island, Cainhoy, Hanahan, Sullivan’s Island, and Ladson. The St. Johns Water company (including Kiawah and Seabrook Islands) and the Crowfield area of Goose Creek also use Charleston’s water. Charleston Water System also sells water to Mt. Pleasant and the Isle of Palms.

Alright, well not literally, but it sure looked like it last night. I was on the docks of Charleston Harbor Marina as the sun was setting and couldn’t ignore this amazing view over our harbor. Despite my always trying to be prepared, I unfortunately didn’t have my camera on hand. As a result, I was forced to use the next best thing, my phone. This not uncommon sight was yet another reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place. We must all take pride in our natural resources and act in a way that assures that they are appreciated, preserved and most importantly, protected.

Have a picture that captures the beauty of Charleston’s waterway? Send them our way…we’d love check them out. If you allow, we may even include them in our newsletters, website or emails. Send any pictures to charlestonwaterkeeper@gmail.com

Recent budget cuts within the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have caused certain programs to fall by the wayside. One in particular, the “recreational angler tag and release program,” has been cut by the agency due to the cost of tags and staff needed to manage the program. The Post and Courier published an article today, “Budget cuts sink red drum tagging,” revealing the larger effect this might have on the Lowcountry’s coastal environment. Such citizen-dependent tag and release programs are essential in keeping tabs on the health of specific ecological variables.

There is no mention of how, or if, these budget cuts will effect the agency’s ability to monitor the health of our waterways. However, one thing is for sure; we must all play a role in watching over our waterways. We need to be the voice of our natural resources and we need to demand that these finite resources are being preserved and protected.

If you are interested in participating in Charleston Waterkeeper’s Watchdog Program, then please contact us for more information.

Charleston Waterkeeper is calling all boaters, sailors, anglers, shrimpers, oystermen, boat captains, kayakers, swimmers, surfers, kite-boarders, scuba divers, longshoremen, harbor pilots and anyone else who frequents our waterways enough to know them like the back of their hands. We are calling on all of you who live on a creek, a marsh, a river, the harbor, the ICW or even a glorified puddle. Do you have a favorite fishing spot you frequent? We want to hear from all of you!

Charleston Waterkeeper is preparing to launch its community supported watchdog program. The program is designed to bring together all of you who are already serving as the eyes and ears out on our waterways.

If you would be willing to volunteer as a Charleston Waterkeeper Watchdog then let us know. This program will be an opportunity for you to share what you know, what you see, and what you experience in, on or around our waterways with the rest of the Charleston community.

Please send us an email letting us know if you would be interested in volunteering for the program. Give us some idea of why you want to volunteer, what waterway you would like to monitor and why, and what you can “bring to the table” (whatever that means).

Some potential requirements of a Charleston Waterkeeper Watchdog may include the following:

  • Taking photographs and videos of your waterway
  • Documenting sources of pollution or contamination
  • Monitoring the waterway and noting regular observations, etc.
  • Taking water quality samples with provided sampling equipment
  • Organizing regular cleanup days for your designated waterway
  • Helping to educate fellow citizens about the health of your waterway
  • Advocating for the preservation and protection of your waterway while advocating against its pollution

So, if this sounds like something you can sink your teeth into, we’d love to hear from you… Shoot us an email (charlestonwaterkeeper@gmail.com).