Charleston Waterkeeper’s Patrol Program is the on-the-water eyes and ears of the Ashley/Cooper River Basin. Once per month the Lady C and program staff patrol an “area of interest” in our watershed and conduct a visual survey of water quality and habitat conditions. Areas of interest are identified through local knowledge, research, satellite photography, and our Recreational Water Quality Monitoring, Permit Watchdog, and Mobile Pumpout Programs. To alert Charleston Waterkeeper to a potential area of interest please contact us via email or call (843) 670-3390.
Any problems encountered during a patrol are documented and reported to the appropriate authority such as the United States Coast Guard, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, or the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. After each patrol we publish a blog post with photos of what we found in the field. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates from the field.
The Patrol Program also assists in scientific research, serves as safety boat for the open water competitions like the Lowcountry Splash and Swim Around Charleston, and participates in several litter clean up events each year.