The most recent data available shows 52 waterways in the Ashley/Cooper River Basin have poor water quality due to fecal pollution. See the waterways below.  Fecal pollution is the contamination of water by human and/or animal feces.  It impacts our right to safely swim in our local waterways and eat locally harvested shellfish.  [Learn More]

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Fecal pollution comes from man made and natural sources.  Sources of fecal pollution include:

Testing for Fecal Pollution

Fecal pollution is identified by testing for an indicator bacteria.  The most accurate indicator bacteria is enterococcus.  Fortunately, DHEC monitors enterococcus levels in shellfish grounds throughout the coastal area.  DHEC also monitors enterococcus levels at area beaches twice per month.  But nobody monitors the heavily used areas in our tidal creeks and rivers where we love to swim, standup paddleboard, and kayak. [Lean More]

Our Work

Charleston Waterkeeper is working to identify and reduce fecal pollution in our local waterways.  Learn about what we’re doing and how you can get involved.  [Fecal Pollution Campaign]

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