Throughout the year, teams of volunteer water quality monitors collect data along the Waccamaw River from Lake Waccamaw to Winyah Bay. The data they collect is used to identify illicit discharge, detect on-land sources of pollution, and develop long-term data trends. At the annual Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference volunteers, researchers, stormwater managers, and community members come together to discuss trends and share information.
The Waccamaw Watershed Academy and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation will host the 2018 Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference on November 9th from 1:00-4:00 pm in Room 300 at Coastal Carolina University’s Coastal Science Center (301 Allied Drive, Conway). The event is open to the public and anyone interested in the health of the Waccamaw River is encouraged to attend.
The agenda this year covers a broad range of topics. Stormwater managers from the local municipalities are invited to share updates on local projects designed to improve water quality in the Waccamaw through reducing stormwater runoff. Laila Johnston, Winyah Bay Coordinator with American Rivers, will give a presentation on the Waccamaw River Blue Trail and its importance to maintaining a healthy river. Dr. Susan Libes will discuss current water quality trends revealed in the data collected by the volunteers. Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring coordinators, AJ Taylor and Kelly Hall, will provide sampling protocol updates. Cara Schildtknecht, Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER, will provide an overview of the response by Winyah Rivers Foundation during the flooding from Hurricane Florence to help protect the Waccamaw River.
While most of the attendees are typically current water quality monitoring volunteers, the event is open to anyone interested. The purpose of the Data Conference is to help communities along the river better understand the water quality data and the value of protecting local water resources. The data conference is also a great event for anyone interested in getting involved in citizen science on the Waccamaw. Come see what others are doing to help protect your backyard river and what you can do to help.
Join us for the 2018 Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference on November 9th to learn all about your Waccamaw River. You can also learn more by visiting the Waccamaw Watershed Academy webpage or emailing your Waccamaw Riverkeeper at firstname.lastname@example.org.