Pollution and contamination, wetland destruction, failed environmental oversight, and climate change are all threatening the health of your waterways. Water Watch identifies and documents local water quality problems so our community can take action to fix them.
Water Watch projects test for contaminants and pollutants like bacteria, pathogens, plastic pellets, hydrocarbons, and pesticides. The program also monitors water quality indicators and habitat health by documenting trends in temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity, phytoplankton diversity, and invasive algae species.
Charleston Waterkeeper uses Water Watch data to drive change for clean water by identifying pollution problems, advocating for better protections, and advancing action to improve water quality. To date, Water Watch has:
We are helping to identify all the bacteria species present in local waterways so you can enjoy the water without getting sick.
We document marine debris to support policy and advocacy efforts to stop litter at the source before it ends up in your waterways.