1,650 volunteers collected 34 tons of discarded waste from our rivers, river banks, beaches, wetlands and swamps through the Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program. This dedicated group of community stewards volunteered at 142 cleanups and committed 6,600 hours to protect our rivers and our wildlife from pollution. They have proudly cleaned over 200 river miles and work closely with staff with to ensure our rivers, our wildlife and our families remain healthy.
The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program empowers local citizens to minimize the impact of threats to our rivers; through conservation, ecotourism, advocacy and community stewardship we are able to empower local citizens to minimize the impact of development, build environmental and cultural awareness and respect, provide positive experiences for locals and visitors, advocate for the financial benefits of conservation and empowerment for our local citizens. We are Winyah Rivers. Our mission: to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. We are Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®. We protect clean water and healthy habitats in the Waccamaw watershed. We are WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE, united as one powerful force fighting for every community's right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. Together as WATERKEEPERS® we advocate for clean water, defending and supporting a robust set of laws, standards and permits, ensuring that these legal protections are enforced, and guarding against major threats to providing clean and safe water for everyone.
Since 2001, we have proudly been the voice for protection of our local rivers and the communities, both human and natural, that rely on them.