Community Stewardship

Core value: Educating and engaging the community in efforts to protect water quality and our rivers.

Winyah Rivers Foundation hosts a variety of education and outreach programs designed to engage the community in stewardship of its watershed. Some of these programs are listed below.  Also check out our calendar for upcoming events and activities.

River, Waterways and Public Landing Cleanup Events

The Riverkeeper hosts annual spring and fall cleanups along the Waccamaw River, Lumber River, Pee Dees, Black River and Intracoastal Waterway.

Our spring clean-up takes place around Earth Day and as part of the Great American Cleanup. Our fall cleanup coincides with the SC Beach Sweep River Sweep's event and the NC Big Sweep event.

In addition, we manage the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Adopt-a-Landing Program. Participating groups agree to adopt a public boat landing, host regular cleanups and report on their results. For more information on the Program and to adopt a landing, check out the program details here. Current Adopt-a-Landing participants, click here to access the reporting form.


Waccamaw Conference

The Riverkeeper hosts our annual Waccamaw Conference, a public education event designed to raise awareness about our natural resources and protection efforts. This Conference is held in the first quarter of the year and brings together partners and stakeholders involved in natural resources protection with the public at large.

In additional to the Waccamaw Conference, the Riverkeeper is a frequent speaker at local civic meetings and schools.


Did you know that the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® serves as one of six core education providers for the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium?  The Consortium ((CWSEC) was established in 2004 to assist local governments, located within the Waccamaw River Basin and coastal watersheds along South Carolina’s northern coast, to meet stormwater education and public involvement requirements under the federal Clean Water Act. Please see the recently published CWSEC 2016 Annual Report to learn more about the Consortium and the many activities that the RIVERKEEPER® and partners have completed in 2016! Contact CWSEC Coordinator, Lisa Swanger for questions.

Youth Water Monitoring

The Riverkeeper offers youth water quality monitoring programs affiliated with the World Water Monitoring Challenge, an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.  By conducting simple water monitoring tests using provided kits, your students will learn about common indicators of water health and become better stewards of our local water resources. Please contact Lisa Swanger for more information and to schedule an educator to visit your class to provide an introductory presentation and interactive activity!  


Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration

The Cape Fear Arch is a special geologic feature stretching from Cape Lookout, NC to Cape Romain, SC and containing nationally significant animal and plant communities. 

We are signatories to this partnership of organizations and individuals interested in protecting this region while balancing the needs of man and nature. Created in 2006, its mission is to develop and implement a community conservation vision to build awareness, protection and stewardship of the region's important natural resources.




Waccamaw River Blue Trail


In partnership with American Rivers, Pee Dee Land Trust and other stakeholders, the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was launched in 2009. Our goal was to improve recreation opportunities as well as public support for the river to assure it remains healthy. This effort enabled us to educate local governments and citizens about the importance of the river as a community asset, increase community involvement in the protection of the river and support conservation within the watershed.

In 2012, the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was listed as a priority project for both North and South Carolina as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative. In 2013, the South Carolina portion of the Waccamaw River Blue Trail was designated a National Water Trail.

Interested in enjoying the Waccamaw River Blue Trail?

  1.  Access the Waccamaw River Blue Trail map here.
  2. Join our paddles! Check out our calendar for our next paddle.