July 2023 Keeper’s Report

Welcome to your July 2023 Keeper’s Report!

We head out every Wednesday, rain, shine, wind, in the cold and yes, you guessed it, in the humidity and heat to collect water samples in your entire watershed! No matter what mother nature sends our way, we love this work and we do this important science based water quality testing to keep you and your family safe from harmful bacteria.

Similar to our friendly great egret who represents strength, balance, concentration and longevity, Charleston Waterkeeper collectively with our core team, community scientists, volunteer corps and field investigators are reliable, trustworthy, and always goes above and beyond to get results and drive change.

Enjoy the latest action for clean water in this month’s Keeper’s Report and thank you to the strong community of supporters that allow us to get out there and make an impact.  

– Your Charleston Waterkeeper Team

Latest News

On Point    

The data is clear, Filbin Creek needs your help! With your help we’re going to put Filbin Creek on a path to cleaner, healthier future. 

Post and Courier: Read more

Prevention is key!   

South Carolina’s septic tank regulations have not kept pace with the forces reshaping our coastal environment—climate change and aggressive development. We’re going to change that.

Post and Courier: Read more

Where is the science?  

We agree! The Sackett ruling is disastrous for clean water and strips protections for 400,000 acres of wetlands in SC. There are no state wetland protections to serve as a backstop. 

Post and Courier: Read more

Easy Honey Surf Tour

We love partnerships like this! Thank you to Easy Honey and Coastal Expeditions for getting together with us on this clean up. Data drives action for clean water! 

Post and Courier: Read more

Member Spotlight 

Britney Prebis 

We are so pleased to have the opportunity to spotlight our amazing  graduate intern, Britney! We loved this interview and learning more about her and know you will too. 

Read Britney’s interview!


That was worth it! 

We stood up and showed up representing your waterways and a favorable agreement was reached. City of Charleston and South Carolina Ports agree to conduct a city-led planning process and we are all in!

Learn more

Plastic Free July

Thank you you Britney for representing! Great evening at the Charleston Green Drinks and so proud of Britney for presenting her microplastic project that she is diligently working on. 

Learn more

Seize the Ray 

What a blast kicking off summer alongside Coastal Expeditions Foundation and all thanks to Vapor Apparel for hosting. 

Check it out!

Team work wins! 

Thank you to Cummins for getting muddy with us! This positive, hard working team ensured microplastics and other pollutants didn’t enter your harbor, rivers, and creeks. 

Sponsor a cleanup 

Clean Water Updates

You did it!

We hosted a marsh cleanup with the Aquarium, SC Ports Authority, and National Park Service and removed over 1,200 lbs of debris! Volunteer today!

Happy planting!
In the past month, we’ve worked with DNR SCORE on multiple marsh grass planting events and planted over 1,000 new stalks of Spartina!

 Volunteer Today

It’s Official!

We trained 15 new Creek Watchers to be certified Adopt-A-Stream citizen scientists and collect monthly water quality data. Support this work!

That was fun!

We’ve hosted a second Adopt-A-Stream workshop, re-certifying 8 Creek Watchers! Volunteer today!


Every Friday!

That’s right! Every Friday we release the results from water samples taken from 20 hotspots in your favorite creeks. These samples are collected on Wednesday, kept at an optimal temperature, taken directly to the lab and tested. The numbers don’t lie (sadly for some spots) and we will let you know where it is safe to swim, fish, paddle board, sail and enjoy your waters with your family, without fear of pollution.

Let’s Get Social

Don’t miss any of the action for clean water: especially the weekly restoration events! Be sure to follow along on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and now LinkedIn

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