Charleston Waterkeeper’s sole focus is protecting the Ashely/Cooper River Basin. Each of our programs is designed to provide us with the data and documentation necessary to identify the issues impacting our right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
Water Quality Monitoring Program
We’re building a water quality monitoring project around the areas where we love to swim, fish, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard. Our goal is to regularly monitor bacteria and other water quality parameters in these areas and notify you of which ones meet safe swimming standards. That way you can make an informed decision about when, where, and how you use our local waterways. View our weekly data and learn more about this program here.
Mobile Pumpout Program
In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Vessel Act Program, Charleston Waterkeeper operates a Mobile Pumpout Program in the lower Charleston Harbor watershed. The program helps to keep our local waterways clean by providing boaters with a free, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of sanitary waste and sewage from onboard holding tanks. All pumpouts are performed free of charge. To request a pumpout please call (843) 608-9287. Learn more about this program here.
Did you know it’s legal to discharge pollutants into our waterways? It is, but only when the discharge complies with the limits set forth by DHEC in a discharge permit. We examine active discharge permits and monitor each permit holder’s treatment performance to ensure 100% compliance with permit limits.
Charleston Waterkeeper is the eyes, ears, and voice of the Ashely/Cooper River Basin. Our patrol program monitors local waterways, investigates pollution incidents, and supports scientific and other research activity.