Water resources are vital to your community. You depend on a reliable, clean supply of drinking water to sustain your health. You need water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and your community needs water for agriculture, energy production, navigation, recreation, and manufacturing. These uses put pressure on water resources and are exacerbated by climate change and extreme weather. How will we simultaneously meet the needs of growing communities, sensitive ecosystems, farmers, energy producers, and manufacturers in a changing climate and with extreme weather? Join us this month as we explore the challenges of global warming, extreme weather events and how Winyah Rivers Alliance is working toward building sustainable, resilient communities. Click here or on the image to learn more.
The Clean Water Act is the bedrock legislation we rely on to protect clean water for our families and our future. It's important that you act now before it's too late. The Trump administration is implementing its treacherous strategy to eliminate Clean Water Act protections for waters—and communities—across the country through a rulemaking that removes historically protected rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and other waters from its "Waters of the United States" definition. This rulemaking by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers is the most far-reaching attack we have ever seen on the Clean Water Act. By drastically reducing the waters protected, it will cause untold damage to people, wildlife, and the country as a whole. Click here or on the image to defend your right to clean water.
Water for All: The Waccamaw and the World
Over the past six months, we have had an overabundance of water in the Waccamaw River watershed. The flooding from Hurricane Florence reached historic levels never before seen in our watershed. As the water rose last September, threats to our clean water became more and more apparent. Floods waters could bring pollutants to our clean water sources that we use for drinking, bathing, preparing meals, and maintaining our daily way of life. Access to clean water is a human right and is the focus of the United Nations’ World Water Day. Click here or on the image to read more.
Spring Cleanup Our Local Waterways
In 2018, our volunteers donated 6,000 hours to cleanup our local waterways. They held over 130 cleanups, collected waste from over 400 river miles and removed 40 tons of trash from our water resources. The Waccamaw, Lumber, Black, Pee Dee Rivers and the ICW along with surrounding marshes, wetlands, swamps, beaches and river banks all need to be cleaned up again this Spring. From April 6- 20th, Cleanup Our Local Waterways will be holding events throughout our watershed. We hope you will take a look at our Spring cleanup schedule or our public calendar and volunteer to help us defend clean water from waste.