Yearly Archives: 2021

The Keeper’s Report

July 2021

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We’re back with your July 2021 Keeper’s Report! It’s hot and humid, but that doesn’t stop all the action for clean water!

Jacques-Yves Cousteau said it best: “People protect what they love.”

Like you, we share a deep love for our marine environment. That’s why, with your help, we protect and restore your waterways through hands-on stewardship, science, and clean water advocacy. Clean Water Wins happen because each of you make the choice to stand up, to show up, and to speak up for clean water. Our collective effort and work drives positive change to keep your waterways clean and healthy!

Make a positive and lasting impact to protect the waters you love with our comprehensive list.

Check it out: Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Waterways

In the News

A reel surprise

Your Waterkeeper was quoted in the Daniel Island News: “When you learn about fishing, when you spend time doing it, it really tells you why what we have here in the Charleston area is so special and why it needs to be preserved for future generations.”


Daniel Island News: Learn More

Climate change 

Read the Post and Courier’s excellent Rising Waters series. It’ll help you make sense of the how climate change (especially its fast pace), is impacting our health and the health of our waterways. Essential reading for Lowcountry citizens.


Post and Courier: Learn More

The ethics of a good fisher

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching—even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” – Aldo Leopold. Learn how one local and new fishing regulations can make a big difference.


Post and Courier: Learn More and More

Member Spotlight

Bob Jontos

We caught up with one of our favorite  Creek Watchers! Bob says he supports Charleston Waterkeeper because “It allows him. to help protect water quality and is a natural offshoot of his former career as a Professional Wetland Scientist.”

Read the interview today!



Take Action

Water Quality Testing Campaign 

The water continues to warm up and the storms are brewing! We are in peak season of publishing our water quality results that are critical in educating the public on where it is safe to swim. We are about half way through the annual water quality testing campaign and need your help to make sure we can test and publish all 520 samples for you this year.

Join the campaign today and help us reach our goal! Every gift gets us closer to our goal and helps keep you safe!

Clean Water Wins

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Boots on the water

You did it! Thank you volunteers that kicked off July with a successful planting of 5482 spartina stems and hauling 50 bags of oysters. These projects are critical in preventing erosion, creating habitat, protecting marine life, and cleaning the waterways.


Help keep our boots on the water! Give Today

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Taste of Gullah Cleanup

We had a blast partnering with the Taste of Gullah for the Creekside Marsh Cleanup on James Island! Thanks to the 30 volunteers that showed up we removed 715lbs of waste from your waterways. Check out our friends at Taste of Gullah!


Taste of Gullah


Jetty Highwater Healing and Clean Water


This is super cool! When you purchase a Jetty Highwater Healing relief tee or accessory and select your Charleston Waterkeeper at check out, Jetty will donate 100% of the proceeds to Charleston Waterkeeper. Grab some cool Jetty gear today and support clean water right here in your community!

Let’s get social

Don’t miss any of the action for clean water: especially the weekly bacteria testing data! Be sure to follow along on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and now LinkedIn!



Charleston Waterkeeper
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Charleston, SC 29402
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“People protect what they love.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Top 10 Ways You Can Protect Your Local Waterways

1: Abandon Single-Use Plastics!

Did you know that the acts of using single-use plastic bags, purchasing a case of plastic water bottles and sipping out of a plastic straw, all contribute to the FACT that we are dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into our oceans every minute. Don’t take our word for it. Watch this powerful video to learn why the simple acts of bringing your own bag to the store, carrying your own water bottle, and skipping the plastic straw can and will make a positive impact.

2: Educate Yourself and Your Friends!

Stand up to plastic pollution by educating yourself and your friends. There is a lot out there about this problem and why we all need to work together and be a part of the solution. We recommend starting with this documentary: The Plastic Problem – A PBS NewsHour Documentary

3: Clean-Up After Your Furry Friend!

But why? Well, here’s the skinny: your best pal’s waste gets washed into your waterways carries pathogens that affect living things in the water, and make people sick that are in contact. The nutrients released from your dog’s poop stimulates the growth of algae and other plant life, making your local waterways and creeks unsuitable for recreational use.

4: Leave No Trace!

You’ve all heard the saying “Pack it In, Pack it Out” and although Leave No Trace originated from a backcountry setting, the 7 Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere – like your local waterways. Get out there, enjoy and be a good steward to the environment by adopting these 7 Principles.

5: Eat, Shop, and Think Locally!

We all love this seafood town, but do you know where that delicious meal is sourced and why you should choose wisely and with sustainability in mind? We are big fans of Abundant Seafood and stand behind their philosophy “to ensure that the populations of fish we rely on, and the habitat they rely on, are managed so there will be plenty of fish for generations.” When you choose to shop locally, you are reducing your carbon footprint. It really is that simple. Take a stand and make the decision to buy your produce, plants, clothing and day-to-day items from a local business instead of going to a large retailer.

6: Advocate! 

Become a clean water leader by getting to know your South Carolina Representative and Senator, writing a letter to the editor, attending your local city or town council meeting and speaking during the public comment period. Get to know and talk to your local elected leaders about the water quality issues that are important to you and sign up for Charleston Waterkeeper’s email list to stay informed about the issues impacting your right to clean water!  

7: Volunteer!

Take an active role in environmental stewardship by volunteering your time! From helping with marsh restoration to litter cleanups, there are a variety of ways to get involved. Join together with your community to make a difference right here in your local waterways. Volunteer with Charleston Waterkeeper: 

8: Compost!

Did you know that 35% of American’s annual waste can be composted? By choosing to compost, you can reduce your waste that goes directly to the landfill and the amount of greenhouse gasses produced. Additionally, composting produces nutrient-rich soil for your local, native plants. If you have never tried it, take our word for it, it is so much easier than you think, but if you simply do not have the time or the yard space, here is a great solution: Compost Now!

9: 3Rs!

Reduce * Reuse * Recycle 

And which one positively impacts the environment the most? Reducing your consumption and waste, of course! But they all go hand in hand and need your attention every day to make a difference in reducing your carbon footprint. By living a more sustainable lifestyle, you are committing to planning ahead and making smart choices that are good for you, your family and the environment. It is a win, win, win! 

10: Make a Contribution to Charleston Waterkeeper! 

By giving to Charleston Waterkeeper, you are ensuring the protection and restoration of your waterways for generations to come. We are very proud to stand with you for clean water, today and always! 

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We caught up with Creek Watcher Bob Jontos

HP: Why do you choose to support Charleston Waterkeeper?

BJ: Supporting Charleston Waterkeeper allows me to help protect water quality and is a natural offshoot of my former career as a Professional Wetland Scientist. It also allows me the opportunity to give back to the community. 

HP: What is your favorite way to enjoy clean water?

BJ: Kayaking and fishing, and I haven’t done enough of either this year. 

HP: What is your favorite waterway in Charleston? 

BJ: Don’t have a favorite waterway yet. Lots more exploring to do. 

HP: Tell us something interesting about yourself that we might not know? 

BJ: I love to fly fish for trout. 

The Keeper’s Report

June 2021

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Welcome to your June 2021 Keeper’s Report in an all new format but still with all the latest action for clean water right here in your waterways!

Clearing the Nurdle Hurdle is a team sport. But, don’t take our word for it, check out the Nurdles Deep Dive discussion hosted by the South Carolina Conservation Coalition.

You’ll hear from your Charleston Waterkeeper, Andrew Wunderley, Senator Sandy Senn, Emily Cedzo from the Coastal Coastal Conservation League, and attorney Mathieu Erramuzpe from the Southern Environmental Law Center on why collaboration matters and how we are fighting to keep your harbor and beaches free of industrial plastic pellet pollution.

Watch Today: Nurdles Deep Dive

In the News

Catastrophic nurdle spill

The pellet spill in Sri Lanka is tragic, familiar, and heartbreaking. It’s also a symptom of lax oversight of the plastic industry that cannot be allowed to continue. “Just trust us” isn’t good enough.

Washington Post: Learn More

A new 23 acre park on the Charleston Harbor? 

Yes, please! Kudos to Sen. Chip Campsen and Rep. Spencer Whetmore for jumping on this once in a generation opportunity to preserve an important property and increase public access to the harbor–which by law belongs to you!Post and Courier: Learn More



New Oyster Reef Conservation is about collaboration! Proud to stand with SC DNR’s SCORE program and Patriots Point to build a new oyster reef in the harbor. It takes a village!

Count On 2: Lean More


Member Spotlight – Mike Marcell

We caught up with one of our favorite long-time supporters after this week’s bacteria testing run!

Mike says he supports Charleston Waterkeeper because “he loves that the data he helps collect gets put to good use making important changes for clean water in my community.”

Read the interview today! 

Take Action

Water Quality Testing Campaign 

The water is warm and that means our annual water quality testing campaign is underway! Testing bacteria levels at 20 different spots and publishing the results every week so you know when and where it’s safe to swim is expensive but critical work for your community. We need your help to make sure we can test and publish all 520 samples for you this year.

Join the campaign today and help us reach our 520 sample goal! Every gift gets us closer to our goal and helps keep you safe!

Clean Water Wins

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Boots on the water

You’re awesome and you stand up and show up for clean water! Already this year we’ve mobilized over 300 volunteers, planted 344 bags of oyster shell, and removed over 5,000 pounds of trash from your waterways, harbor and beaches!

Join the fun: Volunteer

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Bacteria testing 

100 down, 420 to go! This week we took our 100th sample of the 2021 season. We added 5 new sites this year, including Hendricks Park on Filbin Creek and the Stono River at Sol Legare to help keep you and your family safe.

Support this work


Let’s get social! 

Don’t miss any of the action for clean water: especially the weekly bacteria testing data! Be sure to follow along on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and now LinkedIn!



Charleston Waterkeeper
PO Box 29
Charleston, SC 29402
United States

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Mike Marcell

We caught up with volunteer, supporter, and Creek Watcher Mike Marcell

Date: June 9, 2021

Time: 11:30am (just after returning from the weekly morning sample run!)

Location: Charleston Waterkeeper HQ

HP: Why do you choose to support Charleston Waterkeeper?

MM: I’ve managed to be on the water most of my life and I know the importance of clean water and protecting the environment. This is a way for me to pursue my interests, while supporting an energetic & fun organization! I really like that this is a science-based organization and that the data is collected regularly and put to good use to make important changes in the community. I love that it is a small group of dedicated individuals!

HP: What is your favorite way to enjoy clean water?

MM: I have been kayaking for many years 

HP: What is your favorite waterway in Charleston? 

MM: That is a tough one and I do love all of them for different reasons, but the Ashley River is special to me and I am so thankful of all of the work Charleston Waterkeeper is doing to keep fighting to clean it up

HP: Tell us something interesting we might not know?

MM: During the pandemic, I learned how to edit video and audio tracks and put this skill to use for Charleston Waterkeeper’s Creek Watcher training videos. I am also a former College of Charleston Professor. And something strange that people might not know is I really like statistics.