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On this election day, we can’t help but reflect on our rights as citizens. One of the most fundamental freedoms we hold dear at Charleston Waterkeeper is our right to clean water.

For the past few weeks, as part of GIVE 444, we’ve featured photos urging the protection of our right to blankable water (i.e. swimmable, playable, fly fishable, etc.).

Today, we’re featuring our first GIVE 444 ambassador: Rhett L. Boyd, Jr., founder of Rogue Wave Surf Shop. We asked Rhett what clean water means to him, and here’s his story…

Clean water is pure joy. I love to drink it, swim in it, and surf it. Many of my favorite memories are of crisp fall morning surf sessions. I’ve built my life and business around the tides, swell patterns, and waves our local beach communities offer. The life that I know and love is based around clean water. It’s important to protect our waterways to provide the same enjoyment for future generations. My son rode his first wave with me this summer, and I want to make sure that he is able to enjoy the ocean, creeks, and rivers to the fullest. We are blessed and must take responsibility for caring for our local environment and the gift of clean water.

Join us and Rhett to help “Protect your right to surfable water.” Become one of the 400 donors by donating $40 today to Charleston Waterkeeper at GIVE444.org.