Happy New Year and welcome to your January 2022 Keeper’s Report! We hit the ground running this year, taking action for clean water!
The marsh and oyster restoration projects are well underway for the season and going strong. The cleanups continue to fill up quickly and are running smoothly. We are loving our Creek Watchers and citizen scientists who are testing water quality year-round, collecting important data so that we can continue to be the voice of your harbor, rivers, and creeks.
Finally, Andrew Wunderley, your Charleston Waterkeeper, hasn’t slowed down and continues to stand up for clean water as a part of the James Island Creek Task Force, investigating plastic pellet pollution, and serving as strong voice for your waterways.
We are so appreciative of those that are taking the initiative to get out there and make a positive impact in your community. Keep up the good work! We cannot do this important and impactful work without your support.
A new nurdle in town?
We continue to find plastic nurdle pollution everywhere we look. We’re even finding new, never before seen types of nurdles. Something isn’t right and we’re going to fix it!
ABC NEWS 4: Watch today!
Good news for clean water!
The Coastal Community Foundation launched the Heathy Harbors Fund with proceeds from our nurdle pollution lawsuit. The fund will support projects that improve water quality in your harbor and local waterways.
Post and Courier: Read more
James Island Creek
Making progress toward a cleaner, healthier creek–the James Island Public Service District is requesting $6.4M in state, and federal funds to clean up contamination from septic tanks.
Live5 News: Watch today
What can I do?
Looking to get involved in fight for clean water? The City Paper features eight easy ways you can become a clean water steward right now. Lots of great encouragement here, check it out!
Charleston City Paper: Read more
We caught up with one of our newest Board Members and the crabbing queen!
Tia says she chooses to support Charleston Waterkeeper “because of the hard work they do to provide up to date water quality information to our community. I also respect that that they will call you out and hold your hand to the fire when you are NOT respecting or protecting our waters.
Clean Water Updates
Who passed and who failed?
Our Creek Watcher’s help keep you informed of water quality issues and work to drive policy change for your waterways. Find out where we are testing and see all 13 report cards at the link below!
Free Fly + Charleston Waterkeeper
Thank you to Free Fly for becoming our 2022 Marsh Restoration Partner! Join us every Thursday to plant marsh grass seedlings. These babies will then be stored in SCORE’s greenhouses as they grow into the tall, strong Spartina that we all know and love.