The mission of the Winyah Rivers Foundation is to protect, preserve, monitor, and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed.
We are a grassroots organization whose members support the mission of protecting the rivers in the great watershed that empties into Winyah Bay at Georgetown, South Carolina, including the Waccamaw River, the Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers, the Black River, the Lynches River and the Sampit River.
The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program was established in 2002 to educate and advocate for the protection of the Waccamaw River watershed in North and South Carolina. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper is a paid advocate who works to mobilize citizens to protect the river and its traditional beneficial uses.
Please support our education and advocacy programs to protect our local rivers by volunteering, donating and becoming a member today. Together we can make a difference to keep our local rivers
Fishable, Swimmable, Drinkable
Duke Energy reported a coal ash spill near Eden, NC on Monday February 3rd. The spill took place nearly 24 hours prior to being reported.Over 80,000 tons of coal ash have already spilled into the Dan River near the NC/VA border and material continues to flow out. North Carolina Riverkeepers are working diligently to gather information regarding the details of this spill and force Duke Energy to take action.
This is one reason we on the Waccamaw are glad that Grainger is responsible for removing their coal ash. We will keep a close eye on the progress of this project and hope to prevent any tragedy such as what happened in Eden. The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is also working on an intervention against Duke Progress Energy regarding the Weatherspoon plant which has ash ponds along the Lumber River in southern NC in hopes of requiring removal of this material as well.
Paula Reidhaar is the new Waccamaw Riverkeeper with Winyah Rivers Foundation!
Paula succeeds Christine Ellis who led the organization from August 2006 through December 2013. Christine remains an employee of Winyah Rivers Foundation in a part-time capacity working on specific grant-funded projects within the greater Winyah Bay watershed. Christine can be reached at Christine@winyahrivers.org.
Paula recently graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Master's Degree in Marine Science. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University in 2007. Between her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, Paula worked for a by-product management company serving the automotive industry. As part of her graduate studies, she obtained a Certificate in Environmental Education.
With joint interests in coastal management and environmental education, the Riverkeeper position is a perfect fit. She is excited to get to work with the public as well as other organizations in monitoring and managing the Waccamaw River.
Paula can be reached at Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org and by telephone at (843) 349-4007.
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