October 2022 Keeper’s Report

Welcome to your October 2022 Keeper’s Report! 

We’re dedicating this Keeper’s Report to the one and only leader of our thousands of volunteers, brilliant scientist in the lab, and educator in the field–Cheryl Carmack, in celebration of her 10th year at Charleston Waterkeeper! 

Cheryl has devoted a decade of her life to restoring and protecting your waterways each and every day for you and for future generations. And, as you can see, in the “Clean Water Updates” section she is not slowing down! Her persistence, attention to the details, and hard work is why Charleston Waterkeeper continues to thrive.  

Get your Revel tickets today in honor of Cheryl’s 10th Anniversary at Charleston Waterkeeper and come celebrate Cheryl and clean water! 

– Your Charleston Waterkeeper Team



What did Ian do to the water? 

Hurricanes and floods wreak havoc on local water quality. Ian was no different–especially in the marshes and creeks around the Stono River. As storms become stronger, we must become more resilient.     

Live 5 News: Watch today

Is the water in Filbin Creek safe?

No. We’ve found unsafe levels of bacteria in Filbin Creek every single time we’ve sampled this year, 25 weeks in a row. It’s 2022 and nobody should have to fish and crab in a creek with high bacteria levels.  

City Paper: Read more

Shrimp together, stick together 

Shem Creek shrimpers went up to Myrtle Beach to help the “Shayna Michelle” (formally Wayne Magwood’s “Winds of Fortune” from Shem Creek) when it ended up on the beach during Hurricane Ian.

The Post and Courier: Read Today

Forever Contamination? 

DHEC has long known PFAs contamination in SC’s waterways, now its time for action. Learn more from us and the Waterkeeper Alliance in: Invisible, Unbreakable, Unnatural and from the The Sate! 

The State: Read More

Member Spotlight

 Champion, Russell Canard 

We are big fans of Russell and couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to shine a very deserving light on this amazing guy! 

Learn more about Russell! 

How’s the water?

We were not expecting these results! No rain this week, but we did grab samples on a low tide. Tidal stage really does make a difference! What we found was lots of red around the Harbor, into the lower Ashley River, James Island Creek and Shem Creek. Swimming and other water-based recreational activities are not recommended. The Wappoo Cut, Cove Creek, and Hobcaw creek held greens again this week! Know before you go by checking the water quality.

Clean Water Updates

Beach Sweep River Sweep Success! 

We participated in the annual Beach Sweep River Sweep event on September 17 and our crew of volunteers removed about 1,300 lbs of debris from the marsh!

Volunteer today!

Let’s talk Clean Water! 

We had a great time talking clean water at the Hope Summit, hosted by Sustainable Ocean Alliance Charleston and Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network!

Volunteer today!

Nice work 

Our volunteers braved the mud and the muck to plant over 7,000 stalks of Spartina in the historic Maryville marsh with DNR SCORE

Volunteer today!

Come help us clean!  

We’re helping DNR SCORE clean out their greenhouses to prep for the next planting season. 

Volunteer today!

Let the Oyster season continue! 

We’ve resumed our weekly shell sorting events with DNR SCORE!

Volunteer today!


Revel on River!      

Revel on the River: @freehousebeerschs Nov. 5, 1pm – 5pm tickets are ON SALE NOW! Stand up for clean water and get your tickets before they are gone and contact [email protected] to learn more about Revel Partnerships.


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