Nothing is quite like a tidal creek in the fall! The salt marsh is a beautiful golden brown, the air is cool and dry, the oysters are ready for roasting, and everything seems a little slower and more relaxed. It’s a special time to be on the water and a gentle reminder of why the fight for clean water is so important.
Taking stock of another big year, it’s clear that you continue to empower Charleston Waterkeeper to stand strong as the voice for your waterways. Together, we’ve pushed the fight from James Island Creek, to the South Carolina Statehouse, to the courtroom, and everywhere in between. We:
- Secured state funding to clean up bacteria and pathogen pollution in James Island Creek once and for all,
- Filed a Clean Water Act lawsuit to protect 180 acres of wetlands on the Cainhoy peninsula from being filled for a massive suburban development,
- Leveraged state coastal zone laws to demand DHEC fully scrutinize high-density residential development projects that use polluting septic tanks,
- Mobilized more than 1,500 volunteers, community scientists, and field investigators to test water quality, clean up creeks and marshes, and restore oyster habitat.
Together we are building a stronger and more resilient community for clean water. That work isn’t finished and the fight isn’t over. Sustaining progress requires us to join together as one community for clean water.
Giving Tuesday is Nov 29 and thanks to a generous matching gift from the Butler Family Foundation, your contribution for clean water will be doubled! Join Charleston Waterkeeper this Giving Tuesday and let’s continue building a clean water community together.
As always, thank you for standing up to protect and restore your waterways for future generations!
Your Charleston Waterkeeper
Nine seasons of Swim Alert!
We test bacteria to keep you safe and to drive change for clean water. Tuberculosis, cholera, staph, and vibrio can get you really sick if you’re not paying attention to the data.
Live 5 News: Watch Today
180 acres of pristine wetlands at risk
Along with several partners, we filed a Clean Water Act lawsuit to protect 180 acres of wetlands on the Cainhoy peninsula from being filled for a massive suburban development.
The Post and Courier: Read Today
Great news for Shem Creek!
If you’re like us you like your creeks without bacteria and pathogens. Good action from Mount Pleasant Waterworks who applied for a grant to remove septic tanks from Shem Creek’s watershed.
Count on 2 News: Watch Today
Watered down rules
It’s right to put limits on impervious surface cover like parking lots etc. It’s not good to carve out exceptions for big industries that should be doing more to stop flooding and polluted flood water.
The Post and Courier: Read Today
We had the pleasure of catching up with Charleston Waterkeeper’s champion of Giving Tuesday!
Paul and his wife Molly, when not on the Lacrosse field or on the water with their children, are incredibly active in the Charleston community! The two serve as leaders in youth empowerment and are deeply passionate about conservation issues. Together, they are a force in our community, driving positive change for a more sustainable future for the next generation.
We are honored they chose Charleston Waterkeeper as the beneficiary of a matching challenge for Giving Tuesday 2023!
Clean Water Updates
That’s a wrap on season 9!
We wrapped up the end of our 2022 Swim Alert bacteria monitoring season at the end of October! We’ll be back in Spring 2023 with our weekly Swim Alert reports!
Swim Alert: 2022 All Results
Thanks all that came to Revel this year! Don’t forget–support businesses that support clean water in your community. Show up for Revel’s sponsors, partners, and supporters:
Thank you Watchdog Partners!
Thank you Clean Water Partners!
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