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Times are strange and uncertainties remain abundant. But as we enter into these uncharted waters, we at Charleston Waterkeeper remain dedicated to the fight for clean water. We know you do too, so we decided to pull together a shortlist of action items to help us stay the course as a community.


1. Social distancing & staying at home

First and foremost follow the social distancing and stay at home guidelines set by the CDC and our local cities and towns. Things are still changing fast so make sure you’re looking at the latest guidance. This is and remains of the utmost importance. We’ll beat this thing together by staying apart! 

2. Make your yard waterway friendly

Gardening and yard work is a great way to stay active while staying home. But did you know: what you’re doing on your yard can be good or bad for your local waterways? Make sure you’re doing it the right way using the Carolina Yards methods from our friends at Clemson Extension!

3. Be a citizen scientist

Have access to the beach? Or the Harbor shoreline? You can help map nurdle pollution by doing a Nurdle Patrol (instruction video here). So, while you’re out, stop and take a closer look!

4. Be a citizen scientist (again)

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard dock or view of the water, help out our friends at Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network by reporting dolphin sightings using the Dolphin Count app. It’s fun and super easy!

5. Do a litter cleanup

Out for some exercise? Taking the dog for a walk? Do a solo cleanup around your neighborhood! Take your cleanup to the next level by reporting what you find on the Litter-Free Digital Journal.

6. Report pollution

If you see something, say something. We’re here to help.

7. Support local businesses

They support us, now it’s time to support them. Our friends at Lowcountry Local First have compiled this list to make it easy to do the right thing.

8. Recycle right

Once you finish with your local takeout, make sure to recycle correctly using these guidelines. Rinse your containers and don’t recycle materials that are dirty or greasy like pizza boxes.

9. Support your Charleston Waterkeeper

The fight for clean water hasn’t been canceled and that means we’re still counting on your support. Please consider making a gift here, any amount helps. Or make Amazon pay by using AmazonSmile and choosing Charleston Waterkeeper as your charitable organization (please use the no rush option when checking out).

10. Stay up to date

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay in the know about the latest.


This is not a comprehensive list and some items on the list may change as we learn more about this pandemic. What doesn’t change is our passion for clean, healthy water. Thank you for standing with us.