Educating and engaging the community in efforts to protect water quality and our rivers is an important part of our programs. 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 Cleanup Events
The Riverkeeper hosts annual spring and fall cleanups along the Waccamaw River.
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.
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.
The Riverkeeper serves as an Education provider for the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium, helping local governments meet requirements for stormwater education and public involvement.
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.
Contact the Riverkeeper if you are interested in accepting the challenge!
Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration
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?
- Access the Waccamaw River Blue Trail map here.
- Join our paddles! Check out our calendar for our next paddle.