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The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area will be hosting a water forum next week to shed light on a variety of issues surrounding Charleston’s waterways.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 5:30 PM, at the YWCA, 106 Coming Street. Light snacks will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

As citizens strive to understand the many issues impacting the quality of Charleston’s waterways, the area’s League of Women Voters is offering an opportunity for the public to become better informed about what has happened, what may happen, and how it affects us all.

The forum will feature Captain John Cameron, Assistant to the President, Charleston Harbor Pilots and former top Coast Guard officer; Cyrus Buffum, Director of Charleston Waterkeeper; Katie Zimmerman, Project Manager, Coastal Conservation League.

The forum will focus on the impacts of proposed Charleston harbor dredging, a water monitoring program being implemented by Charleston Waterkeeper, and potential impacts on water quality from cruise ships. Following the presentations, panelists will address questions from the audience. The Water Forum is part of the ongoing commitment by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area to shed light on and raise the level of discourse around environmental issues in the Charleston area.

This event is co-sponsored by the Charleston Harbor Pilots, the Charleston Waterkeeper, and the Coastal Conservation League.

As the temperatures soared above 100 degrees, Charleston Waterkeeper beat the heat this summer with The Sullivans Island Library’s “Make a Splash with Reading” program. On July 27th, our education volunteer Natalie Taylor joined about 12 kids ranging in ages from 3-9 years old to talk about what it means to be a “Charleston Waterkeeper Water Warrior” in the Lowcountry. Librarian Linda began the morning by reading some water related books to the children, including  Wave by Suzy Lee and with a summer full of watery memories the kids were excited to hear and share stories of adventures on the coast.

After story time Natalie, armed with her basket of tricks, pulled out a beach ball globe of the world and as the kids gathered around they discussed how much of our world is covered by water and why it is important to take care of our own waterways. Many of the kids had their own stories of beach walks picking up litter with their parents or seeing dolphins and other marine life in our Charleston waterways. We are always inspired to see and hear this younger generation of “Water Warriors” speak about the coastlines, beaches, and waters they love and learning about what they do to keep them safe and clean. The lesson of the day was clear: you are never too young or too old to join in the effort to protect your right to clean water.

Each child concluded the event by making a crayon relief watercolor drawing of what they hoped our Charleston waterways would look like with our help and protection. The drawings created displayed their love and dreams for their waters with everything from SCUBA diving litter patrols to schools of brightly colored smiling fish gliding on the currents. They painted a beautiful picture of what our waters could look like… and with their help, those imaginings can become a reality.

Many thanks to the Sullivan’s Island Library and Linda Rumph for hosting us!

Stay tuned as we continue to develop our “Water Warrior” education curriculum. If you are an educator or parent, email Natalie for details about having Charleston Waterkeeper present to your school or group:

Eco Challenge is a national competition sponsored by Lexus to students nationwide create and implement an environmental service project in their community. Our very own Hanahan Middle School Eco Challenge Team was one of the two middle schools that won in the southern region for Challenge 2. The Hanahan team earned this accolade for their “Hanahan Blackout” energy conservation initiative in which the school and community participated in a 1 hour lights-out. With a proclamation from the Mayor of Hanahan from 12-1PM on January 8th, the entire school and participating homes and businesses turned off all the lights, remarkably reducing their energy consumption.

As they prepare to enter the final challenge against winning schools across the country, they thought long and hard about how they wanted to use their “Captain Planet” like powers. Well, Hanahan Middle, we approve! The Eco Challenge Team lead by 7th Grade Science teacher, Alexandra Davis, will focus on wetland restoration and oysters. The students will be working with DNR to monitor local oyster beds and preparing signs to post at local marinas alerting boats of the issues affecting our local beds. They even thought up that snazzy slogan, “Reduce your Wake for the Oysters Sake!” Charleston Waterkeeper will be supporting this team every step of the way, it is always great to see young Waterkeepers in action!!! Keep it up guys!

To view and download a brochure the team made for this project, click here.

Queens of Oyster Mountain!