Charleston Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect, promote, and restore the quality of Charleston's waterways while ensuring the public’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

Charleston Waterkeeper

Founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, we are a Charleston, South Carolina based organization whose mission is to protect, promote, and restore the quality of Charleston’s waterways while creating a more engaged public through education, outreach, and celebration of our collective right to clean water.

What is clean water? To us, clean water is swimmable, drinkable, fishable, surfable, SUPable and playable. Focusing 100% on water quality issues in the Charleston Harbor Watershed (or the Ashley/Cooper River Basin), Charleston Waterkeeper operates on the front lines, working with the community to patrol and monitor Charleston’s waterways.  As a data-driven organization, we rely on strict empirical evidence to identify water quality issues and reach pragmatic solutions. Our goal is to protect the public’s right to clean, swimmable, fishable, enjoyable water.

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Waterkeeper Alliance

Charleston Waterkeeper is a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of over 200 Waterkeeper organizations striving for clean water and strong communities worldwide.

The movement began in 1966 when commercial and recreational fishermen of New York united to protect the Hudson River’s fisheries from pollution. By 1999, 35 groups around the globe were taking similar action. With the help of environmental attorney Robert F Kennedy, Jr., they founded the Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization encompassing over 200 programs on 6 continents. More programs are joining daily, meaning more waterways are protected and communities strengthened.