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Water Ball 2012 Highlights from Charleston Waterkeeper on Vimeo.

Two weeks ago, the Charleston community came together to celebrate its fundamental right to clean water.  We are happy to report that Charleston Waterkeeper’s Third Annual Water Ball was our biggest, most successful event yet!

Water Ball 2012 had an estimated record attendance of over 400 people!  (Even an ominous thunderstorm couldn’t keep people away from enjoying their evening dedicated to clean water.)  The evening began under the tents on the riverside terrace as guests were greeted by a glass of LaBubbly champagne accompanied by a classical trio’s performance of Handel’s Water Music.  At 8PM guests entered the aquarium to enjoy food from local restaurants and drinks courtesy of New Belgium Brewing, Palmetto Distributing, and ICEBOX Bartending Services.

Thanks to the incredible support from our sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and friends, Water Ball 2012 raised over $15,000 for Charleston Waterkeeper this year!  These funds will go directly to support our permit watchdog program and our water quality monitoring program.  The goal with both initiatives is to gather baseline data that will allow us to identify water pollution issues and work towards pragmatic solutions.

The Water Machine returned to the Water Ball in a never before seen way.  Representing the need for us all to come together as a community to promote and maintain clean water, guests bought light bulbs throughout the night and showed our collective support of clean water.  Water Machine 3.0 raised $3,900 at Water Ball 2012 , and with the generous support of the Bishop Family Foundation in matching every light bulb bought, we raised in total $7,800 to support the permit watchdog program and our water quality monitoring program!

Our dedication to 100% waste diversion throughout the evening was also a resounding success.  Between the collective efforts of our vendors, guests, volunteers, and staff, Water Ball 2012 produced only one bag of trash, and we were able to divert 280 pounds of recyclable material from the landfill.

We’ve received an overwhelming level of praise from attendees, vendors, sponsors, and local media – with press features ranging from Charleston Magazine to Charleston Art Mag; fashionable Water Ball attendees were even featured in Ayoka Lucas’s Style Snaps.

The Twitpic team was on hand to guarantee that all those in attendance had a chance to channel their inner Waterkeeper in this year’s Twitpic photo booth.  For a full album of all photo booth images, click the photo below.

In addition, Jason A. Zwiker was on scene to capture the evening’s success…


And finally, this year’s event would not have been possible without the amazing group of sponsors, vendors, friends, and volunteers who came together to support the protection of Charleston’s waterways. Check out our full list of supporters here:

We are looking forward to another successful year and cannot wait to see you at Water Ball 2013.

Garden & Gun magazine was established five years ago with one mission in mind – to capture the Soul of the South.

Garden & Gun is an idea about how to live — how to live a life that is more engaged with the land, the literature, the music, the arts, the traditions, the food, and the authenticity that has shaped the Southern way of life.  It is about truly appreciating the richness of the South and knowing how that understanding can enrich one’s life and translate beyond Southern geography.

Three  and a half years ago, Charleston Waterkeeper was established to protect the public’s fundamental right to clean, swimmable, drinkable, fishable water – a right that is celebrated each and every day here in the Lowcountry.

In honor of Garden & Gun‘s fifth anniversary, they’ve recently published the April/May 2012 issue to honor “Southern Heroes – 11 Visionaries Saving the South’s Wild Places.” Editor in chief, David DiBenedetto, explains in his Editor’s Letter, “for our anniversary issue we’re profiling a number of heroes who defend this wonderful landscape every day.”

We’re incredibly excited to share the news that Charleston Waterkeeper and founder Cyrus Buffum are featured in DiBenedetto’s Editor’s Letter. We’re all huge fans of Garden & Gun, and regardless of our being in the magazine, we highly encourage you all to give it a look.  To read the Editor’s Letter in its entirety, download it here, or click the image above.

Also, David DiBenedetto appeared on Morning Joe earlier this month to talk about Garden & Gun‘s most recent issue. Click the video below to watch the piece, or watch it online here.


Day Break in Charleston. Photo courtesy of

A few months ago, we had the privilege to meet Creighton Cutts, the founder of Bee Natural in Athens, GA.  Creighton had come to Charleston for a “Floatoshoot” on the Charleston Harbor for Bee Natural’s Waterkeeper Alliance campaign, and we were very impressed by his work.

Creighton designs custom beautiful Honeypot® luminaries, and has grown his business significantly since he came up with the process more than 14 years ago.  In the time since, much of his profit has gone back to non-profits (like us!) looking out for our environment, including many members of Waterkeeper Alliance.

This is where you come in!  Charleston Waterkeeper is proud to announce that if you make a purchase from Bee Natural, a percentage of the proceeds will come back to support us!  Not only will be be getting a beautiful Honeypot®, but you will be helping us protect your right to clean water.

As you can see, the Honeypot® would be a beautiful addition to your house or office.  To buy a Honeypot®, click here and make sure to note that you would like to support Charleston Waterkeeper at checkout.

On behalf of Creighton and the entire team here at Charleston Waterkeeper, thanks for your support!


Cosmos HoneyPot®. Photo courtesy of

On Friday, February 3rd, Champagne (v). for a Cause and Charleston Waterkeeper will be teaming up to host Champagne (v.) – for Charleston Waterkeeper.  We will be at FISH Restaurant, located at 442 King Street.  After a short hiatus in New York City, the Champagne (v.) – for a cause team is back in Charleston help us protect our local waterways!

Champagne (v) – for a cause presents 3 ways to make a difference.  Proceeds from select cocktails which are featured in the below video will go to Charleston Waterkeeper. Make sure to get these cocktails to take advantage of the deal: Ginger Fizz, French 442, and Le Champagne Cocktail perfected by professional mixologist, Evan Powell.

You can join us for dinner from 5:00pm-10:00pm, and then for drinks from 10:00pm-2:00pm with DJ Cilo.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Video not working above? Check it out here.

With guidance from Charleston Waterkeeper supporters and fly fishing experts, Sandie and Archer Bishop, participants of the November 18th fly fishing workshop on Dewees Island practice their casting skills.

On November 18th, to launch a partnership between Charleston Waterkeeper and the Dewees Island Conservancy, the two organizations hosted a fly fishing workshop on Dewees Island for island residents and guests.  The Dewees Island Conservancy, whose mission is to preserve and protect the natural environment on Dewees Island, will serve as a community partner for Charleston Waterkeeper’s water quality monitoring program, providing local water quality data to our growing pool of information.

All those in attendance had a great time (especially us!), and we were excited to share the story of Waterkeeper with such a passionate group of individuals. The day’s message was simple: enjoyment of our waterways comes hand-in-hand with stewardship of our waterways.

For photos and more details from the event, head on over to Judy Fairchild’s Dewees Island blog where she posted an awesome article about the day.