Charleston Waterkeeper

Charleston, SC   |  www.charlestonwaterkeeper.org

Mission

Charleston Waterkeeper's mission is to protect and restore Charleston's waterways for our community and for future generations. We do this through our data-driven programs, advocacy campaigns, and promoting wise stewardship decisions through education and outreach activities. Our overarching goal is to protect the public's fundamental right clean, healthy water.

Ruling year info

2014

Charleston Waterkeeper

Andrew Wunderley

Main address

Po Box 29

Charleston, SC 29402 USA

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EIN

26-4178586

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program

The Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program samples bacteria levels at 15 recreational hotspots every week from May through October. The data is published weekly so the public can make informed choices about when and where it’s safe to swim. All data is generated under a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) approved Quality Assurance Project Plan and is submitted to DHEC at the end of each sampling season. The data is used by DHEC to determine which waterways meet or exceed state water quality standards. Charleston Waterkeeper uses the data to educate the and public and local municipalities and to advocate for restoration plans for impaired waterways.

Population(s) Served

The Mobile Pumpout Program is a free marine pumpout service serving the lower Charleston Harbor. Our pumpout boat, the Number 2, travels to a client’s slip or location at anchorage and pumps out their onboard sanitary waste holding tank weekly or bimonthly. The service provides boaters with a free, convenient, and legal way to dispose of sewage from sanitary waste tanks and reduce their impact on local waterways. A pumpout can be requested by calling (843) 608-9287. The Mobile Pumpout Program is offered in partnership with the South Carolina Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) Clean Vessel Act Program.

Population(s) Served

The Clean Water Act Compliance Program monitors the issuance of water pollution permits and the compliance history of permit holders in the Charleston Harbor Watershed. Every year, the program selects a group of permit holders and conducts an in-depth examination of their permit and compliance monitoring data. When issues are discovered we reach out to the permit holder and work to ensure the problem has been identified and fixed and that a plan exists to prevent reoccurrence. If the permit holder, DHEC, and EPA fail to act to ensure compliance with permit limits, the Clean Water Act authorizes Charleston Waterkeeper to enforce the permit in court.

Population(s) Served

The Patrol Program is the on-the-water eyes and ears of our local waterways. The Waterkeeper patrol an “area of interest” in our watershed and conducts a visual assessment of water quality and habitat conditions. Areas of interest are identified through local knowledge, research, satellite photography, and our Recreational Water Quality Monitoring, Clean Water Act Compliance, and Mobile Pumpout Programs. Members of the public can also alert the Waterkeeper to a potential area of interest by sending an email to [email protected] Any problems encountered during a patrol are documented and reported to the appropriate authority such as the United States Coast Guard, DNR, and DHEC. The Patrol Program also assists in scientific research, supports litter clean up events, and serves as safety boat for open water competitions like the Lowcountry Splash and Swim Around Charleston.

Population(s) Served

The Watershed Education Program delivers educational content about the Charleston Harbor Watershed to schools, summer camps, and community groups though speaking engagements and hands on activities. Educational topics include (1) what is a Waterkeeper, (2) Waterkeeper’s role in community, (3) Charleston Waterkeeper’s work and advocacy campaigns, (4) tidal creek health/research, (5) Water Quality Monitoring Program, and (6) waterway stewardship.

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Goals & Strategy

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Our goal is to protect and restore Charleston's local waterways for our community and for future generations. We are motived by a strong belief in the public's fundamental right to use and enjoy clean, healthy waterways without fear of pollution. We envision a community with a personal connection to its harbor, rivers, and tidal creeks thats holds itself to the highest standards of stewardship.

We protect and restore local waterways through our data-driven programs, advocacy campaigns, and educational activity. Our data-driven programs rely on science and research to identify threats to local waterways. Threats are addressed through targeted advocacy campaigns designed to mobilize and work with all members of our community to reach solution that is in the best interest of local waterways. Our educational activity targets schools, community groups, and elected officials to foster an ethic of stewardship of local waterways.

We are fortunate to have a highly trained and professional full time staff, a committed and giving board of directors, a dedicated corps of volunteers, and a supportive constituent base of more 2700. We also have a 15 foot patrol boat, a 19 foot Marine Boatbuilders pumpout boat, and a fully equipped water quality laboratory in partnership with the College of Charleston.

Our program, advocacy campaign, and education work is creating cleaner, healthier waterways. Our robust water quality monitoring program is the only up-to-date source for recreational water quality information in the areas we test. The data is relied upon by public and state regulators to gauge local water quality conditions and fills large gap in local water quality protection.

Our mobile pumpout service operates in marinas and anchorages without easy access to a pumpout service. To date the we have removed more that 30,000 gallons of marine sewage from local waterways.

Our Clean Water Act compliance work fills a need for greater oversight of local pollution control permits by reviewing and enforcing permit requirements where necessary. Since 2012 we have strengthened 18 pollution discharge permits.


Our advocacy campaigns have tackled important issues affecting local waterways. To date we have defended coastal zone protections for the Ashley River's headwaters and mobilized public support to save Gadsden Creek from destruction.

Our watershed education, outreach, and volunteer work is creating a community of engaged waterway stewards. We typically conduct more than 50 education, outreach and volunteer events each year.

While our work is creating cleaner waterways, stronger communities, and a better place to live and play there is still much to do. Our water quality testing work has identified our tidal creeks has hot spots for bacteria pollution making them unsafe for recreational activity. We are looking froward to engaging with local communities to restore several local tidal creeks so they can be safely used for swimming and paddling.

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Charleston Waterkeeper

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2016
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Board chair

W. Walker Brock