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Thank You Revel Sponsors!

Our partners play a key role in everything we do and 100% of the proceeds from Revel on the River go to protect and restore Charleston’s Waterways!


REVEL BREW PARTNER

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Thank you to Freehouse Brewery for providing the beautiful space and beer!

 


REVEL STAGE PARTNER

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THE PLASTIC REDUCER CUP SPONSOR

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Thank you to Free Fly for being THE PLASTIC REDUCER by providing all attendees with cool, reusable cups!

 


THE CLEAN WATER STEWARD

 

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Thank you to Sea Fox Boats for being THE CLEAN WATER STEWARD!

 


BOOTS ON THE WATER PARTNER

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WATCHDOG PARTNERS

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REVEL SUPPORTER

 

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The Keeper’s Report

August 2021

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Hello to all of the clean water lovers and advocates. Like you, we’ve been dodging storms and nasty floods to bring you the latest data and action for clean water. You can catch up right here with your August 2021 Keeper’s Report!

Revel on the River is back this year and it’s time to celebrate and defend your waterways! Don’t miss out on the Early Bird tickets. Revel is a one-of-a-kind family friendly, annual fundraising event celebrating the unique culture of Charleston’s waterways through live music, art, fishing, history and stewardship. And, of course, 100% local beer, food, and friends!

Stand up for clean water and purchase your tickets below. And, contact Harriott Parker at harriott@charlestonwaterkeeper.org to learn more about Revel Partnership Opportunities!

In the News
The climate changed 

It’s not good for your waterways. It means more pesticides, more hydrocarbons, more bacteria, and more pollution in your creeks and rivers. Find out what your Charleston Waterkeeper thinks about it.

 

Count on News 2: Learn More

 

Not just bacteria

Thanks to a unique partnership with NOAA Coastal Science we were able to pilot a new water quality testing technology (silicon wrist bands) in your coastal waterways. Watch the video to see what we found.

 

ABC News 4: See Video

 

Youth to Ocean

Charleston Waterkeeper Ambassador and supporter Dan Yost is doing great work teaching conservation through action helping inspire a love for the water! Way to go Dan!

 

The Post and Courier: See article

 

240 times higher than safety standard 

Almost all our bacteria samples last week failed the state standard for safe swimming. Four of them were so high they exceeded the ability of our test to measure the amount of bacteria present. Get the details and stay safe.

 

ABC News 4: See article

Member Spotlight – Caroline Irwin

We caught up with one of our favorite  Members and Supporters!

Caroline says she chooses to support Charleston Waterkeeper “To protect the fishery, and ecosystem allowing our Lowcountry to thrive. However, it’s less about our personal interests, but more about the future generations of experiences to be had on our waterways! I want to know I did my part to protect what we can, improve the quality, and foster belonging to the mission.”

Read the interview today!

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Water Quality Testing Campaign 

We are over half-way through the annual water quality testing campaign! We need your help to test and publish all 520 samples for you this year. Water continues to warm up and the storms are brewing and water quality results are critical in educating the public on where it is safe to swim.

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

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Boots on the water

The good folks at SCDNR SCORE Program do so much heavy lifting for our waterways, we gathered our volunteer corp to help clean out the greenhouses so they’re ready for next season.

 

Help keep our volunteer corp strong! Give Today

 

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Cleanup with Charlie! 

We took our cleanup to the ballgame! If you have been keeping up lately, you’ve likely noticed our volunteer events calendar is full of incredible and rewarding opportunities. We’d love for you to join the fun!

 

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We love our Sustainers!

We got a lot of positive feedback on our sustainers post and want to give another big shoutout to those that stand up for clean water with a recurring monthly or annual gift. You can do it too! Simply check the “make this contribution” box and choose your preferred recurring frequency. Be part of the change to restore and protect your waterways for future generations.

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!

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Charleston, SC 29402
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We caught up with longtime supporter, Caroline Irwin!

HP: Why do you choose to support Charleston Waterkeeper?

CI: To protect the fishery, and ecosystem allowing our Lowcountry to thrive. However, it’s less about our personal interests, but more about the future generations of experiences to be had on our waterways! I want to know I did my part to protect what we can, improve the quality, and foster belonging to the mission.

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

CI: I love fishing. It gives my family connection to the environment, quality time with each other, and an understanding of how we can make a difference. It is also my husband, John Irwin’s livelihood as a local fishing captain in Charleston.

HP: What is your favorite waterway in Charleston?

CI: All of them?!! But we spend most time around Folly Beach, and the Kiawah River.

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

CI: My grandfather, Arthur Smith was a music composer known for writing Dueling Banjos, but his avocation was fishing. Because of his personal interest in the SC waterways, he and my father Clay, and the rest of our family have been involved in fundraising to support local waterways. Fishing tournaments were the vehicle for many years beginning in the 70s, and now we support through the Charleston Waterkeeper and other nonprofits.

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!

 

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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!

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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: charlestonwaterkeeper.org/volunteer 

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!