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Hobnob at Hobcaw 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019


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Spring Cleanup Our Local Waterways

Saturday, April 6, 2019 to Saturday, April 20, 2019

Past Events

River Sweep

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Join the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® for a fun clean up event along the Waccamaw River! Volunteers will meet at the Conway Marina (4 Elm Street in downtown Conway) at 9:00am and clean until the free cook-out at 12:00pm. Free kayaks and canoes will be available (first come, first served). You may also bring your own boat (boat launch fee waived) or be ferried to clean along the riverbank! Not interested in getting out on the water? No problem! Helping hands are also needed to clean up on land along the river. Please contact Lisa Swanger or call 843-349-2839 to register.  

Annual Data Conference

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mark your calendar! This year's conference to discuss the results of our Waccamaw Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program will take place on Thursday, October 8th, from 9am to 12pm, at Coastal Carolina University's Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies Building (290 Allied Drive, Conway, SC). Please check back for more details shortly!

Lowcountry Giving Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who donated on Lowcountry Giving Day, the Coastal Community Foundation on South Carolina's local 24-hour online giving challenge. Over $11,000 was donated to our cause resulting in $10,000 of match money! Thank you to everyone who donated that day and for helping us to protect fishable, swimmable, drinkable water.

Spring River Clean-up

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This took place at the Conway Marina. A BIG thank you goes out to all who braved the heavy rains to help protect the river!

Hobnob at Hobcaw

Saturday, March 14, 2015

This benefit in support of the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program was hosted at the Kimbel Pond Shelter at Hobcaw Barony. Thank you to all who joined us and a special thanks to our Georgetown County board members who hosted the event.

CLEAN: 2015 Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This year's conference was a complete success! We would like to thank everyone who came and contributed to this event. It took place at the HGTC Conference Center on the Grand Strand Campus and included speakers from USGS, SC DNR, TNC, CCU, American Rivers, and the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. The 2015 cohost organization was Keep Horry County Beautiful. For those who were unable to attend the conference, please see the presentations at: Advancing Land Protection and Conservation Planning Along the Waccamaw River. 

Holiday Charitable Giving

Thursday, November 19, 2015 to Friday, January 1, 2016

Donation Amount $100 Donation $100.00 USD $50 Donation $50.00 USD Sizes Small Medium Large X-Large

2016 Photography Contest

Monday, February 1, 2016 to Friday, April 22, 2016

Contest Rules The 9th Annual Winyah Rivers Foundation (WRF) Photo Contest will accept entries February 1st – April 22nd 2016. The goal is to promote the beauty of our local rivers and to raise funds for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program. Rules for Entering: The contest is open to everyone. Emphasis in judging will be given to photographs that show the splendor and charm of our local rivers and ecosystems. Each contestant may enter as many photographs as desired. Categories: 1) Georgetown County; 2) Scenic; 3) Wildlife; 4) Cell Phone The photographs should have been taken in North or South Carolina. For the Georgetown County category, the photo must be taken in Georgetown County, SC.   Each contestant agrees to allow WRF and its sponsors to use their entries, without compensation, to promote the goals of the Foundation. This may include exhibition, calendar, and fundraising. All entrants will retain the right to their work. To enter, provide WRF with an 8x10 inch print AND a digital file for each entry. Do not tape anything to photo or put photo on foam core. Prints will not be returned. Attach (with a paper clip or something similar) a piece of paper to each photograph that has your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. Print or type the category in large letters on this piece of paper along with a title for the picture and if desired, a short description. Do not put anything on the front of the photo. Winners will be announced at a reception at the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum on Friday, May 6th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Winning photographs will hang in the Museum, followed by the Horry County Courthouse and other venues. Entry fee is $10.00 per photograph, with cash or check payable to WRF, delivered to Winyah Rivers Foundation, Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, Coastal Carolina University, 290 Allied Drive, Conway, SC 29526 (room #130 or #121) or by mail to Winyah Rivers Foundation, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054. All entries must be received by NOON on April 22nd 2016.   For questions, email lswanger@coastal.edu. Awards: Best of Show and 1st Place in each category - $100.00 and a framed photo print with engraving. Additional prizes to be determined. All 2nd & 3rd place winners - a WRK shirt and ribbon. All remaining photo entries will be entered into a pool for a chance to be selected as the “People’s Choice”. This winner will be chosen by attendees during the reception on May 6th and will receive a prize. Winners are eligible for only one prize. 2016 Contest Sponsors: Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, 803 LABS, Inc., Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum. Secondary sponsors: The Horry Independent, Waccamaw Outdoors.   Check out our YouTube video highlighting entries from previous years at https://www.youtube.com/embed/9o_KeGyeJqY?blm_aid=0

Annual Data Conference Water Quality in the Waccamaw

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lowcountry Giving Day

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We're officially registered for Lowcountry Giving Day and donations opened up on April 1st! To learn more about how to support us, please visit their website at: www.lowcountrygivingday.com Last year we raised over $20,000!  We're counting on generous supporters like you to surpass this amount!  There are several new ways to give this year making this an exciting opportunity for merchants, employers and individual contributors.  We are honored to be a registered nonprofit in one of the biggest celebrations of Lowcountry giving!  

2016 Annual Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2016

2016 Annual Waccamaw Conference   Weather and Climate in Your Watershed               The Waccamaw Conference is an annual educational conference for the public focused on the importance of our natural resources and efforts to protect them. The 2016 conference is co-hosted by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation, North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium. This year’s theme is “Weather and Climate in Your Watershed” and will feature topics relating to climate and weather and their influence on our local water systems. Additionally, the conference will incorporate discussions about the effects of weather and climate on the local environment and community connections to the climate system. Presenters include representatives from Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina Baruch Institute, SC Department of Natural Resources, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments and more.   When: Saturday, March 5th 2016 from 8:30am – 12:30pm   Where: HGTC Grand Strand Conference Center 950 Crabtree Lane (Building 600) Myrtle Beach, SC (adjacent to The Market Common)   Doors open at 8:30 am. The registration fee includes admission to exhibits, concurrent sessions and refreshments ($10 – non-RIVERKEEPER® members; $5 RIVERKEEPER® members). Welcome begins at 9:00 am. Concurrent sessions begin at 9:15am and include presentations about our coastal ecosystems from organizations working locally and regionally. Presenters include representatives from Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina Baruch Institute, SC Department of Natural Resources, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments and more. Exhibitor booths open from 8:30am – 11:45am, with an exhibitor and refreshment session taking place at 10:30am. Conference closes at 12:30pm.   To register or order your tickets on line, please click the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14FqG0soSg2nwgE8nwAqEzvzMxMbbBa7OK2cbUmIASBo/viewform?usp=send_form Please give us up 24 hours to process your request.   General Conference Agenda Summary   8:30 am - 9:00 am:  Registration, Coffee & Exhibits 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Conference Welcome 9:15 am - 11:45 am: Concurrent Sessions (see below for speakers) 11:50 pm - 12:30 pm: Conference Keynote & Wrap-Up   Speaker Line-up: 9:15 am - 9:45 am:  Paul Conrads, U.S. Geological Survey (Track 1); Amanda Brennan, Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (Track 2)   9:45 am - 9:55 am:  Break   9:55 am - 10:25 am: Dr. Susan Libes, Waccamaw Watershed Academy - Coastal Carolina University (Track 1); Dr. Bill Clendenin, SC Department of Natural Resources (Track 2)   10:25 am - 11:00 am: Exhibitor session and refreshments   11:00 am - 11:30 am: Jennifer Plunket, Baruch - University of South Carolina (Track 1); Dennis Allen, Baruch - University of South Carolina (Track 2)   11:50 pm - 12:30 pm: Ellison M. Smith, III, South Carolina State Guard           Winyah Rivers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with the mission to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. www.winyahrivers.org. North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, located in Georgetown, SC was established in 1992.  The mission of the Reserve is to promotes healthy estuaries, and thriving ecosystems through research and education.  It is 1 of 28 reserves around the coastal United States that form the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. http://www.northinlet.sc.edu/ Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium was established in 2004 to assist local governments to meet federal requirements for stormwater education and public involvement. This includes programs for diverse audiences within the Waccamaw River Basin and coastal watersheds along South Carolina’s northern coast. www.cwsec-sc.org    

Clean Up Our Local Waterways 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016

Earth Day Community Clean-Ups: Great American Cleanup at Grand Park and The Market Common district – starts at 9 a.m. – meet at The Market Common community garden at the corner of Pampas Drive and Meyers Avenue in Myrtle Beach Cleanup Day in Darlington is Saturday – starts at 8 a.m. – meet at the Darlington Chamber of Commerce at 38 Public Square in Darlington Fifth Annual Little River River Sweep – starts at 8 a.m. – meet at Johnny Causey Boat Landing in North Myrtle Beach Earth Day at the Bay – starts at 11 a.m. – meet at Ocean Bay Middle School at 905 International Drive in Myrtle Beach Racepath Community Cleanup – starts at 8 a.m. – meet at the Racepath Community Center at 1690 Racepath St., in Myrtle Beach Ronald McNair Boulevard, Dick Scobee Road and Christa McAuliffe Street Cleanup – starts at 9 a.m. – meet at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church on Ronald McNair Boulevard at the intersection with Christa McAuliffe Street in Myrtle Beach April 23rd, Kick-Off Event from 9am-12pm, Conway Marina April 23rd, 9am- 12pm Clean-Up Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area, in Conway, SC. Sponsored by Black River Outdoors April 23rd, 1- 3pm Clean-Up at Enterprise Landing off Bay Rd & Enterprise Rd on the ICW Sponsored by Winyah Group SC Sierra Club April 23rd, Clean-Up at Lynches River in South Carolina from the Old #4 Bridge to the 52 boat ramp Sponsored by Adam Silverman April 23rd through May 7, Community Clean-Ups on Local Waterways April 24th, 10am- 4pm Clean-Up at Lynches River County Park to the Rt. 52 boat ramp Sponsored by Lynches River Yacht Club. April 24th, 9am- 12pm at J.Todd Landing Sponsored by Gator Bair Adventure Tours. April 30th, 9am - 12pm, Old Reeves Ferry Landing Sponsored by Benjamin Thepaut.  May 1st, 10am- 4pm Clean-Up From the Old #4 Bridge at the junction of McAllister Mill Rd. and Meadow Prong Rd. to the Lynches River County Park Sponsored by Lynches River Yacht Club. May 7th, 11-2pm Clean-Up and 2- 4pm Trash Bash, The Boathouse Myrtle Beach The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation invites you to join our event, Clean Up Our Local Waterways!  From April 23rd through May 7th, we’re asking you to join in or organize a clean-up in and around our beautiful local waterways.    TO REGISTER NOW CLICK HERE   Kick-Off Event  April 23rd from 9am-12pm, at The Conway Marina, 4 Elm Street in Conway SC The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER is hosting our kick-off event for our Clean Up Our Local Waterways event. This one-day volunteer event is part of a community-wide clean up of our local waterways scheduled to run from April 23rd through May 7th.  For this kick-off event, meet at the Conway Marina located at 4 Elm Street in downtown Conway, SC.  Bring your own water and snacks.  Free kayaks and canoes will be available (first come, first served). You may also bring your own boat (boat launch fee will be waived). Not interested in getting out on the water? No problem! Helping hands are also needed to clean up on land along the riverbank, parking lot and playground.      Community Waterway Clean-Ups From April 23rd through May 7th, 2016 join in or organize a clean-up along our beautiful waterways.  Perfect for church groups, schools, earth day celebrations and/or volunteer opportunities.  To register your group today, please go to: Register.  Join in with thousands of local residents working together to help clean beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of trash and debris.    Trash Bash May 7th, 2-4pm, The Boathouse in Myrtle Beach, SC All clean-up volunteers are welcome to join us at the Trash Bash!  Come clean-up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from 11am-2pm then join all the volunteers who participated in the Riverkeeper's Clean Up Our Local Waterways event from 2-4 pm. Enjoy great food and music with everyone who volunteered and cleaned up their favorite local waterway.  All participants are eligible to earn raffle tickets for great prizes including tickets to Carolina Country Music Festival, VIP tour at the Sweetwater Brewery, gift certificates and much, much more!   Support our efforts to keep our local waterways clean, healthy, swimmable, drinkable and fishable.  Check out our promotional video, and please share with your family and friends.    AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU CAN JOIN ANY OF OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN-UPS.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF REGISTERED CLEAN-UPS.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER, JUST SHOW UP!     The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is sponsored by Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is "to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the  Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program."   

Hobnob at Hobcaw

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Click here for the Press Release   Hobnob at Hobcaw – a benefit for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Saturday April 2nd, 2016 PURCHASE TICKETS NOW The Board of Directors of Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc. invites you to join us for our annual fundraiser at the beautiful Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony. Hobnob at Hobcaw is a benefit for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program and provides operating support for its education and advocacy programs to protect fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and for our future. This year’s Hobnob at Hobcaw will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at the Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony. The fun begins at 4 pm. The party includes a variety of tasty southern fare including oysters, beer and wine, live music by Sawgrass and a few silent auction items. Call ahead or purchase tickets at the door. ($25pp members, $30pp non-members, $20pp students) Call 843-349-4007 for more information. Come out celebrate the beginning of spring and support the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program of Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc! PURCHASE TICKETS NOW Please give us up to 24 hours to process your tickets.  Thank You. The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is sponsored by Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is "to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program." WACCAMAW RIVERKEEPER® WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION Emma Gerald Boyer PO Box 261954 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC 29528-6054 290 Allied Drive www.winyahrivers.org Conway, SC 29526 (843) 349-4007

Mother's Day Cruise

Sunday, May 1, 2016

MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE  To Protect Clean Water Send or bring your Mom on a scenic cruise of the Waccamaw River.  Enjoy an afternoon of sight-seeing, delicious food and wine, all for a good cause… to protect and preserve clean water.  Experience the picturesque riverfront of Conway, South Carolina’s Historic Rivertown, while enjoying a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Waccamaw River.  Soak in the peace and serenity of the riverboat “River Memories”, a luxurious and quiet electric cruising yacht.  Captain Jim, a Conway native, takes you on a history and nature adventure.  Travel back in time when Native Americans inhabited this area.  See a 19th century warehouse once used by steamboats that plied the dark and mysterious waters of the Waccamaw.  View historic southern riverfront homes that belonged to some of Conway’s earliest and most prominent citizens.  Most of all, take in the beauty of nature.  A southern swamp dominated by bald cypress trees, moss draped live oaks, and an abundance of native wildlife to include the king of the river – the American Alligator.   ​WHEN: MAY 1ST  (Rain date scheduled for May 8th), Choose either the 1pm or 3pm tour. WHERE: Conway Marina, Tour "River Memories" hosted by Captain Jim. TICKETS: $35 Per Person if you purchase your tickets before April 25th or are a RIVERKEEPER® member, $40 per person after April 25th.  Includes a 90 minute scenic tour out of Conway Marina, delicious food, wine, hand- crafted corsage by Daisy Fair Flowers and a gift for your special mom from the RIVERKEEPER®. Save your ticket for a chance to win a Father's Day Gift Basket. HOW TO ORDER TICKETS:  Please complete our online REGISTRATION FORM and give us up to 24 hours to process your request.  We will send you an invoice through PayPal to purchase your tickets.  Once we recieve confirmation of your payment, we will electronically email your tickets to print.  Please be sure to print your tickets and bring them the day of the cruise for a chance to enter the Father's Day Gift Basket raffle.    DIRECTIONS: ​ 100% of the proceeds will benefit Winyah Rivers Foundation and support it's mission to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed thanks to our generous supporters.      

The "Outstandingly Remarkable" Lumber River Paddle

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WHEN?  SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH WHERE?  PRINCESS ANNE ACCESS AT LUMBER RIVER STATE PARK TO FAIR BLUFF WHAT TIME?  ARRIVE BY 9 AM, JOCKEY CARS AND RETURN FOR LAUNCH TRIP DURATION? ~11.5 river miles, ~ 5 hours paddling WHAT TO BRING? 10+ foot Kayak or Canoe, essentials including hat, sunglasses, footwear, sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks, lunch and a sense of adventure! We’ll launch from the Lumber River State Park’s Princess Anne access in Orrum, NC (Latitude: 34.390023 / Longitude: -79.002220)(http://www.ncparks.gov/lumber-river-state-park). Upon arrival we’ll drop off our boats, jockey cars to the take out point at Fair Bluff (Riverside Dr. just off of Main Street & Hwy 904), then we’ll return to Princess Anne to begin our paddle along the beautiful blackwater Lumber River! Contact Christine@winyahrivers.org for more information and/or to confirm your participation.  

Fall of 2016 Cleanup Our Local Waterways

Saturday, September 10, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

Come celebrate World Rivers Day and join a community-wide initiative to cleanup our local waterways!  This Fall we kick-off our cleanups on Septmeber 10th and end with a cleanup & World River's Day celebration on September 25th at the Conway Marina.  During this two week initiative, Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Adopt-A-Landing program and it's dedicated volunteers are asking for your support! What can I do to help?   Click here to register to be a clean up coordinator.  Set a date during the two week initiative- 9/10 through 9/25 for  2-4 hour(s).  Identify a public landing along the Waccamaw River you want to cleanup.  Invite all your friends and family to come along.   Bags, gloves, pickers and vests will be provided by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®. Join one of the cleanups and meet our dedicated team of volunteers.  Help protect clean water and its wildlife and learn more about the impacts of trash and pollution.  Please click here for a list of cleanups you can join today.  Bags, gloves, pickers and vests will be provided by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®.  Simply email the coordinator of the cleanup you want to join. Beach Sweep/ River Sweep- September 17th-  'Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina's largest one-day volunteer cleanup event of its kind. Every 3rd Saturday in September, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris. The cleanup, organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has taken place annually since 1988 - when Sea Grant first started it. The Sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. Once the Sweep is over, the Ocean Conservancy tallies all of the debris data. This data helps us learn the sources of litter so we can stop pollution before it starts.' World Rivers Day Celebration- September 25th, 12- 2pm Conway Marina, 4 Elm Street, Conway, SC To register please complete the following form: World Rivers Day Registration Form 'World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world.  Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.'    Why Should We Care?  Learn More About Our Adopt-A-Landing Program And The Importance Of Protecting Clean Water.  Interested In Learning More About Becoming An Adopt-A-Landing Supporter?  Please Visit: Www.Winyahrivers.Org.  

River Celebration

Sunday, October 23, 2016

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODING POSTED ON 10/17/16   Annual River Celebration is a fun-filled evening celebrating the wonderful Waccamaw River! Taking place in October from 5pm-9pm at the Riverside Club on the Waccamaw River, off of Hwy 90 in Conway, SC. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided! Activities will include live music, evening boat rides with Capt. Jim along the Waccamaw River, as well as silent AND live auctions!  Advance tickets are recommended: $30 per person (members) / $35 per person (non-members) / $20 per person (full-time students - must provide student ID, no alcohol). Tickets are available online, at www.winyahrivers.org or call (843) 349-4007. Interested in attending or becoming an event sponsor or donor, please learn more at www.winyahrivers.org  

Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference Tuesday October 18th, 2016 12:30pm-4:00pm     The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation and Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy are hosting the Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference on Tuesday, October 18th 2016 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm in room #100 at the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies located at 290 Allied Drive, Conway, SC 29528. This event is open to all who are interested. Come learn about current water quality monitoring and reporting efforts in the region. Click here for a printed version of the Save the Date For more information contact:   Emma Gerald Boyer Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® A Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation Center for Marine and Wetland Studies 290 Allied Drive Conway, SC 29528-6054 (843) 349-4007 Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org www.winyahrivers.org  

Summer Splash Paddle

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Yakkity Yakers would like to extend an invite to all Waccamaw Riverkeeper supporters to join us on a Summer Splash paddle! The date of the paddle will be Saturday, August 13, 2016. We will be launching at Chris Anderson Landing on Rt. 9 and we will be taking out at Big Savannah Bluff Landing off of Rt. 905. This paddle is approximately 8 miles. Generally we will spend about 5 hours on the water. Although it does not take that long to paddle this distance, we at the Yakkity Yakers paddle at Nature’s pace as not to leave anyone behind. We often take breaks and play in the water on sandbars. I believe you will find this paddle very laid back and fun. If interested you can join the paddle through Yakkity Yakers Facebook Page, or you can contact Mark Coburn directly, via email at markanddee2003@yahoo.com More info can be found on the Facebook Event page at Yakkity Yakers. 

Wooden Boat Show

Saturday, October 15, 2016 to Sunday, October 16, 2016

Saturday, October 15th, 11am - 6pm Sunday, October 16th, 11am- 4pm Wooden Boat Show- It may be the Wooden Boat Show, but, as the old saying goes, “whatever floats your boat.” For the 26th annual show, a new signature event will be the Cardboard Boat.    

North Dakota Pipeline & Local Environmental Issues

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 Hosted by UNC-Pembroke's Office of Community & Civic Engagement, join informed panelists in a discussion about issues impacting the Robeson County community. Learn more

Monthly Paddle hosted by Yakkity Yakers and Mark Coburn

Saturday, October 22, 2016

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING 10/17/16 This is another Yakkity Yaker Invitation Paddle for the Waccamaw Riverkeeper hosted by Mark Coburn, an advid supporter of our programs.  This is a new program we have started with Riverspeak readers where we will have random paddles inviting them to share in with us!!!!!!! In this one we will launch at Enterprise Landing at 2pm, then depending on tide direction  we will paddle out and enter the Waccamaw River for a relatively slow paced short paddle.  Afterwards everyone will be welcome to join us at the Yakkity Yakers favorite Mexican Restaraunt "La Hacienda" in Socastee for lots of food, fun, and friendship!

2017 Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Stop the Pipeline

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Join us for "Robeson County, Prayer Walk for the Protection of our People and the Places Where We Live, Stop the Pipeline" on Saturday, November 19 from 1:30-4pm.  Sign up to join us at EcoRobeson's Prayer Walk on Facebook or visit the EcoRobeson website.  

Alert Action- Duke's Weatherspoon & Coal Ash

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On Thursday, December 8th at 6 pm at Robeson Community College's A.D. Lewis Auditorium, when NC DEQ will host a public meeting on Duke's draft permits seeking permission to discharge wastewater and stormwater from the Weatherspoon Plant to the Lumber River and Jacob Swamp in Lumberton. We'll be there on December 8th to submit our comments on Duke's draft permits and invite you to join us to submit your own comments and/or to show your support for protecting our people and our environment from toxic coal ash. Want more information? Contact christine@winyahrivers.org or visit the NCDEQ website. And here's a good article about coal ash in North Carolina.

Giving Tuesday 11.29.16

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016

We’re calling on you to jump in!  #ProtectWinyahRivers, on #GivingTuesday, 11.29.16. Support fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for our families and our future. Join us!  If we raise $10,000, WPDE’s Chief Meteorologist, Ed Piotrowski will participate in a River Jump on 12.1.16 at Enterprise Landing at 12PM.  Jump in now to help us raise the funds that support our efforts to protect our rivers and clean water.   #GivingTuesday Opportunities:  1.      Donate now!  Share the gift of clean water during the holiday season.  Jump in now and explore our gift options!   You can visit our Giving Options link to learn more or click the DONATE button below.   2.      River Jump!  Jump into one of our local rivers, capture your jump, upload your photo  or video to social media, add that you are jumping in to #ProtectWinyahRivers on #GivingTuesday because you actively #ProtectCleanWater.  Share with your family and friends and ask them to jump in too!  Check out our Facebook Page to learn more.   RIVER JUMP EVENT DETAILS ​On 12.1.16 We're inviting you to Jump in the River with us!  We'll be live at Enterprise Landing at 12PM with WPDE's Chief Meteorologist, Ed Piotrowski.  Rain Date: 12.2.16  This is a great way to celebrate and support our rivers.  All of us at Winyah Rivers Foundation will be jumping!  Join in the fun, participate in the River Jump and show your community that you care about clean water.   For the rivers...  For our wildlife... For fishable, swimmable and drinkable water... ​For our families and our future...  

Hobnob at Hobcaw Invites you to a River Celebration

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Purchase Tickets Here:    

2017 Photo Contest

Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017

For a list of the contest rules, cash prizes and awards click here.  Awards celebration on May 5th from 5:30- 7:00 pm.  Hosted by the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.  Click here for directions.  Please try to limit the size/ compress your photographs for website before uploading, we have a 8mb size limit.

River Walk and Paddle for the Waccamaw

Saturday, April 22, 2017

River walk and paddle for the Waccamaw River at the Conway River Walk and Marina April 22nd, 10a.m.- 12p.m. Come celebrate the important work being done on the Waccamaw River to protect our rivers and waterways and learn about your watershed.  A fun family event for all ages!   This Earth Day show your appreciation for the countless number of researchers and professionals, local residents, and river enthusiasts who have dedicated their time to our river by walking with us along the River walk or paddling alongside it on the Waccamaw River.  Free kayaks. First come, first served.  Public Parking located at 110 Main Street & Laurel Street (across from Warehouse). We will start at the River Walk and end at the Conway Marina, 4 Elm Street.

Meet the Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We invite you to meet Cara on a kayak tour of the Waccamaw River, launching from the Conway Marina at 9am on May 17th. Kayaks are available free of charge thanks to Gator Bait Adventure Tours, please visit their website at www.GatorBaitKayakAdventures.com to reserve a kayak. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. After the paddle, our staff will be stopping by Bonfire - A Smokin' Taqueria located at 110 Main Street in Conway at 12pm for lunch; and the public is welcome to join us. Cara also invites you to stop by her office in the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She can be reached at Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org and by telephone at (843) 349-4007. 

Ride the Tide

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Please join us in our third annual Ride the Tide event to raise money for the Waccamaw Riverkeeper and Winyah Rivers Foundation on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Registration will open at 9:00am - Water blast off 10:00-11:00am. Float with us on any non-motorized vehicle such as a tube, kayak, canoe, rent one from us or MAKE YOUR OWN FLOAT! Join us after the fun for an all you can eat Low Country boil including, drinks, vendors, live bands and more at the Pawleys Island Raw Bar and Seafood Shack!​   SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE:  Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, take a look at the sponsorship opportunities here.  Sponsors please download and complete the sponsorship form here.   REGISTER FOR RIDE THE TIDE: Interested in attending the event, please download the registration form here.     All volunteers who cleanup on the Waccamaw River from 9/2 through 9/16 will receive a 1/2 off discounted price on registration and a free meal ticket.  Cleanup data must be entered in order to receive the discount.

Cleanup Our Local Waterways Fall 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cleanup Our Local Waterways kicks-off on 9/2 and runs through 9/16.     Sept 2nd, 9 am- 12pm, Conway Riverwalk Park at the end of Elm Street in Conway, SC.  We will kick-off Cleanup Our Local Waterways with a cleanup at the Conway Riverwalk Park and a Kindness Rocks Painting Party.  Visit our Kindness Rocks Project Page here. Sept 2nd through the 16th, Cleanup Our Local Waterways Adopters and Volunteers cleanup all along the Waccamaw River.  For more information, please visit our Waccamaw River Cleanups Facebook Group.   Sept. 16th, 9am- 8:30 pm, Litchfield Plantation Riversweep and Ride the Tide event.  Visit our Ride the Ride Events Page here.   All Adopt-a-Landing adopters should schedule a cleanup at their respective landings during our Cleanup Our Local Waterways two-week initiative.   Once you have scheduled your cleanup, please inform us by emailing April O'Leary, Program Officer and add your cleanup to our Waccamaw River Cleanups Facebook Group.  Please contact us if you have any questions and give us two week advanced notice if you need supplies.  We provide gloves, trash bags, pickers, stream team bags and first aide kits.

2018 Waccamaw Conference

Saturday, February 10, 2018

    We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 10, 2018 for our annual Waccamaw Conference at the Horry County Museum in Conway.                                                               We look forward to seeing you there!  Contact the Waccamaw Riverkeeper for more information.

2018 River Celebration

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Purchase Tickets here! Annual River Celebration is a fun-filled evening celebrating the wonderful Waccamaw River! Taking place on Sunday, January 14th from 4pm-8pm at The Warehouse on the Waccamaw River, 100 Laurel Street in Conway, SC. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided! Activities will include live music by The Steady Hand String Band, evening boat rides with Capt. Jim of Riverside Memories along the Waccamaw River, silent AND live auction, pine sap swamp potato and much much more!  Advance tickets are recommended: $40 per person (non- members) / $35 per person (members) / $20 per person (full-time students - must provide student ID, no alcohol). Order tickets here or by phone, call (843) 349-4007.   Interested in donating or sponsoring our Annual River Celebration?   Learn more here!

Raffle for Sandy Island Kayak Tour

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to Saturday, August 18, 2018

            THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF BLACK RIVER OUTDOORS, WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION IS RAFFLING OFF A 4 PERSON, 4 HOUR KAYAK TOUR OF SANDY ISLAND. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION AND THE WACCAMAW RIVERKEEPER PROGRAM.  TOUR IS VALUED AT $240! RAFFLE BEGINS 8-1-18 AND ENDS ON 8-18-18. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ON SATURDAY, 8-18-18 @ 2 pm. RAFFLE TICKETS: $10 = 1 RAFFLE TICKET, $20 = 2 RAFFLE TICKETS OR $40 = 5 RAFFLE TICKETS. PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS HERE: This tour leaves from Wacca Wache Landing, and we paddle up the Waccamaw river and into a little creek that takes us to a dock on Sandy Island. Guests will get the cypress swamp experience very similar to our 2-hour cypress tour. What makes Sandy Island special is that we get out onto the Island and take an awesome 45-minute walk through the long leaf pine sandhills that cover the island and see a Carolina Bay that is home to very rare and unusual carnivorous plants. We break for lunch (which people should bring with them) and then we paddle around some more and end up back at the landing. The snakes and alligators are abundant (but still harmless) and we see a great number of birds including nesting osprey and great blue herons. This is our guides favorite tour during the milder months (March through November), and the best chance to see alligators, but it can get pretty quiet, but still beautiful, in the colder months. VISIT WWW.BLACKRIVEROUTDOORS.COM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TOUR AND BLACK RIVER OUTDOORS.

2018 Photo Contest

Saturday, February 10, 2018 to Monday, April 16, 2018

  For a list of the contest rules, cash prizes, awards and to vote for your favorite photos click here.  Awards celebration on May 4th from 5:30- 7:00 pm.  Hosted by the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.  Click here for directions. 

An Afternoon in the Forest

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Winyah Rivers Foundation and its partners are inviting the community to spend the afternoon in the forest onsite to show their love for this property by joining us  for a pre-opening cleanup and to learn about the progress so far. Saturday January 27th, 2018 10AM - 2PM   Rocky Point Community Forest   Meet at the landing at the end of Rocky Point Rd.  Off of Choppee Rd. From 701: turn north on Choppee Rd.  Travel six miles and turn left onto Rocky Point Rd just past Choppee High School and the new Choppee Rec Center.   Litter Cleanup Updates/ Information Sessions on the project’s progress and future plans   Rain or shine Dress for the weather and walking in the woods,   Cleanup supplies will be provided Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your own lunch   PRESS RELEASE

2018 Hobnob at Hobcaw

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Cleanup Our Local Waterways Spring 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Annual Clean Up Our Waterways is a 2 week event that spans miles of waterways in our local communities each spring and fall. This April we will be hosting family friendly events for the Spring Cleanup Our Local Waterways Initiative! April 21st from 10:00am- close at Captain Bucksport and Bucksport Marina you are welcome to our Earth Day Celebration and Cleanup April 28th from 9:00am- 12:00pm at Cox Ferry in Conway you are wlecome to our Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Paddle and Cleanup Receive a FREE Lunch!  Captain Bucksport loves & appreciates our volunteers just as much as we do, so they are offering a free lunch for all of our volunteers on April 21st!   All cleanup volunteers will receive a free ticket for lunch.  April 28th, please pack and bring your own snacks and lunch. Free kayaks are available thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Gator Bait Adventure Tours and Black River Outdoors.  For more information or to regsiter your kayak today, please visit their websites by clicking on their names above.    

2018 Palmetto Giving Day

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

   WHAT IS PALMETTO GIVING DAY? Palmetto Giving Day is a 24-hour, online giving event for Georgetown County.  Together, we're making Georgetown County a better place to live, work and play.  We encourage you to join us on May 1st in support of 54 nonprofit organizations working in Georgetown County and helping make Palmetto Giving Day a huge success. Stay tuned for additional information.               Reason To Give: Your donation will help us protect fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our families and our future. Mission: The mission of Winyah Rivers Foundation is to protect, preserve, monitor, and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. $50 Can provide supplies for a cleanup of our local waterways. $250 Can allow us to continue protecting your right to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. $1000 Can help support our efforts to begin a Lumber Riverkeeper program.   Together We Are Growing Georgetown County #PalmettoGivingDay #GrowingGeorgetownCounty   PRESENTING SPONSOR:    

Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival

Friday, May 25, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival is a laid back 3 day music festival on the banks of the beautiful Waccamaw River, at the Bucksport Marina near Conway, SC. Camping is available (and encouraged) to experience the full festival experience. You can come by car or boat, but definitely come and enjoy some great music & soak in the cool vibes! Ticket price includes camping and parking! There will be merchandise vendors and food from the onsite restaurant. Come and see what all the buzz is about!  Located at Bucksport Marina 135 Bucksport Rd, Conway, SC 29527             TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:  FRIDAY ONLY: $30.00 3 DAY PASS: $125.00 SATURDAY ONLY: $45.00 SUNDAY ONLY: $45.00 TICKET SALE DATES: SATURDAY ONLY Public On sale: May 11, 2018 12:00 PM to May 25, 2018 11:59 PM 3 DAY PASS Public On sale: March 25, 2018 12:00 PM to May 24, 2018 11:59 PM FRIDAY ONLY Public On sale: May 11, 2018 12:00 PM to May 24, 2018 11:59 PM SUNDAY ONLY Public On sale: May 11, 2018 12:00 PM to May 26, 2018 11:59 PM All 3 Day Passes include camping. Single Day Passes do not include camping. Doors open at noon on Friday. Music starts at 7 PM!  ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDES: Bloodkin Todd Nance & Friends Ben Miller Band The Southern Belles Urban Soil Groove Fetish Jahman Brahman The Freeway Revival Universal Sigh The Juantee Psylo Joe Electric Soul Pandemic Dubdown Cosmonauts Hip Gypsy Matt Parker & The Deacons Oracle Blue Cosmic Superheroes Breakfast with Bubba Love Late Night Dance Party with Tru Soul Late Night Dance Party with McMillan-Combs & Friends   We are a proud sponsor of the Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival and excited to announce a portion of the proceeds for Waccamaw Getaway Music Festival will be donated to Winyah Rivers Foundation and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® to support fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for our families and our future.

Cleanup Our Local Waterways Fall 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ABOUT THIS PROJECT Cleanup Our Local Waterways is an initiative of Winyah Rivers Foundation. Our goal is to keep our rivers, riverbanks, wetlands and boat landings clean and free of litter. This semi-annual two week initiative occurs each Spring and Fall engaging volunteers in litter prevention and cleanup activities. It supplements our RIVERKEEPER® Adopt-A-Landing program and the year-round activities of over 20 organizations, businesses and groups participating to keep our river banks and boat landings clean. Become an adopter! FALL CLEANUP EVENTS October 13th 9 am - 12 pm Pinetree Landing, SC Sponsored by Black Scenic River Advisory Council   Oct.13th 9 am - 12 pm Wicked Tuna Murrells Inlet, SC Sponsored by Murrells Inlet 2020, click here to learn more. Murrells Inlet 2020 has been working since 1997 with goals to improve infrastructure and beautification, provide environmental education and preserve the creek and the traditions surrounding it.   November 18th 1pm- 4 pm Peachtree Landing Socastee, SC Sponsored by Gator Bait Adventure Tours, click here to reserve a kayak. With Gator Bait Adventure Tours, guests enjoy the quiet beauty of the Waccamaw River and our area's wildlife (Ospreys, Egrets, Herons, Snakes) and native vegetation (Moss Draped Cypress Trees, Native Flowers).    Postponed, due to flooding Date: TBD Cox Ferry Lake Conway, SC Sponsored by Black River Outdoors, click here to reserve a kayak. Black River Outdoors' amazing and entertaining guides will share interesting information about our cypress swamps and its wildlife and show you a side of the Grand Strand that most visitors to our enchanting area miss completely.   Postponed, due to flooding Date: TBD East Bay Park Georgetown, SC ​Sponsored by Keep Georgetown Beautiful and Christine and Tom Doran       Keep Georgetown Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer organization that educates individuals to take greater personal responsibility for enhancing Georgetown’s environment and beautification. Christine and Tom Doran are authors of the adventures of two young river otters, Flash and Fancy.   October 27th 8 am - 1pm Johnny Causey Landing, SC Sponsored by Captain Smiley Fishing Charters.        Captain Smiley Fishing Charters has assembled a team of highly knowledgeable and friendly Captains, As a young boy who was on our tidal waters daily, Captain Patrick Kelly made his hobby a lifelong commitment to fishing, conservation and being a good steward to his home.    October 27th 9 am - 12pm Trail head behind Naturally Outdoors Sponsored by Keep Florence Beautiful Keep Florence Beautiful engages individuals to take greater responsibility for improving Florence through the visual aspects of the community through supporting Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Community Greening.    Nov. 3rd 9 am - 12 pm River Island Adventures Longs, SC Cleanup and Celebration of World Rivers Day! Sponsored by River Island Adventure Tours, click here to reserve a kayak using promo code RIVERDAY.       River Island Adventures is the only adventure outfitter that has an outpost on the Waccamaw River and access to a 48 acre private island in the middle of the river to explore and camp overnight!  November 10th 9 am - 12 pm Conway Riverwalk Conway, SC    YEAR TO DATE PROJECT DATA Since January 2018, we have held over 100 cleanups, cleaned over 200 river miles and collected 47,000 lbs of trash and pollution from the Waccamaw, Lumber, Black, and Pee Dee Rivers, and the Intracoastal waterway as well as surrounding marshes, wetlands, swamps, beaches and riverbanks.  That is 23 tons of trash removed from our waterways and our source of drinking water.  We engaged 800 volunteers that have donated 4,100 hours to cleanup our local waterways, representing over $30,000 in avoided costs calculated based on SC minimum hourly wage of $7.25. These volunteers provide enormous value to our community! CITIZENS CREATE CHANGE AND COMBAT POLLUTION IN OUR RIVERS Click image above to play video. WHAT WE COLLECT DURING CLEANUP Most of the trash collected is single-use items like plastic bottles, fast food packaging, cans and bottles. It starts out as litter on beaches, streets, and sidewalks and then stormwater runoff flushes that trash through storm drains or directly into creeks, streams, and rivers eventually leading to the ocean. Plastic pollution is especially harmful. As it breaks down, plastic is toxic and threatens the health of our waterways and ocean. "Marine life are swallowing water instilled with toxic chemicals from plastic decomposition.” (Dixit Renee Brown, WiredPress). We are eating and drinking our own litter! The best way to reduce waste in our waterways is to stop using single-use plastic consumables, such as bottled water and plastic straws, collect litter when you see it and dispose of it properly. VOLUNTEER TO JOIN THIS PROJECT You can join our public cleanup events (check out the column on the right) or organize a cleanup in your community! These events are perfect for church groups, schools and/or volunteer and service opportunities. We provide all the supplies and help to promote the cleanup to attract community volunteers. and help you promote cleanups to gain community volunteers. Join with hundreds of local residents working together to help keep our waterways and ocean clean and free of litter. Contact April O'Leary, Program Officer, for more information on how you can participate. PROJECT SUPPORTERS AND ADOPTERS We would not be able to keep our rivers clean and healthy without the support of our adopters, partners, and members.  Here are just a few of our incredible RIVERKEEPER® Adopt-A-Landing partners: Wildlife Action raises public awareness to diminishing wildlife habitat, effectively secures, protects and manages wildlife habitat and protect rivers and wetlands from unnecessary destruction and development. Coastal Carolina University embraces the teacher-scholar model, it places primary emphasis on high quality teaching and engaged learning, and it supports faculty research, creative activities, and expert collaboration in the community, state, nation and world. Yakkity Yakers is a group of kayakers who love to paddle on the Waccamaw River and beyond. The group welcomes recreational paddlers who enjoy leisurely trips and good conversation. Civic minded, the Yakers try to keep the river clean and safe. South Carolina Chapter Sierra Club is the state's largest grassroots environmental organization. In addition to leading outdoor adventures across the state, the South Carolina Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation. Pawleys Island Litchfield Business Association advocates and promotes positive economic development and quality of life in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Communities by providing a voice in the business community and developing a livable, walkable and high quality built environment that is attractive to residents and visitors while conserving our natural resources. B.W. Gustafson Construction provides top quality work at the most reasonable prices whether you need a shed, a deck, or a home addition built. From painting and flooring, to a full blown remodel, they take pride in making your vision of your space come to life in the most cost effective way. Window and door repairs or replacements, light electrical, light plumbing, repairs, general maintenance, and handyman services - they do it all and do it right the first time. Bucksport Marina offers a historic, scenic and beautiful destination to patrons who may be visiting and/or traveling to Horry County and the Myrtle Beach area. Providing fun, exciting, relaxing activities while maintaining history and low country culture in an Eco-friendly and sustainable environment, it offers a guest friendly experience that makes visitors want to share their experience while visiting again and again. Captain Smiley Fishing Charters has assembled a team of highly knowledgeable and friendly Captains to ensure that your fishing charter will be an experience to be treasured. Inshore fishing is their specialty and making the world smile is their goal. As a young boy who was on our tidal waters daily, Captain Patrick Kelly made his hobby a lifelong commitment to fishing, conservation and being a good steward to his home.  All Souls Waccamaw Unitarian Universalist Church is a community that promotes Unitarian Universalist principles. It is an all-faith church which emphasizes an open mind, a caring heart, and service to others while providing a voice for religious freedom and tolerance and a home for spiritual diversity in the Grand Strand area.  Our full list of our adopters can be viewed here.   CONNECTING CLEANUP VOLUNTEERS You are invited to conduct a cleanup on your own at any one of our local waterways. If you do, take a picture, post it on social media, tell us where you are, brag about your trash collection using hashtags: #ProtectWinyahRivers and share your location using hastags: #WaccamawRiver, #LumberRiver, #BlackRiver, #ConwayRiverwalk, #PittsLanding, for example. COMMUNITY TESTIMONALS “This was my first time participating in a cleanup event, and while the amount of trash is disturbing, the enthusiasm and eagerness to improve the cleanliness of the river that the volunteers displayed is a testament to the heart of the people who love this river,” said a local student from Coastal Carolina University. “I want to thank all the volunteers and the folks from the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program who gave up their Saturday morning to come clean our backyard wetlands.  We’re still recovering from the flood and we’re so thankful to you all,” said Lynn Cox, a local resident whose home flooded on three separate occasions last fall. SUPPORT THIS PROJECT      

Wake Up Paddle Series

Saturday, November 3, 2018

  Join us for the WAKE UP Paddle Series! Tuesday August 21st, 2018 Chris Anderson Landing (Longs, SC) Saturday September 8th, 2018 Wacca Wache Landing (Murrells Inlet, SC) Monday October 8th, 2018 Pireway Landing (Ash, NC) Saturday November 3rd, 2018 Conway Marina (Conway, SC) All paddles from 9:00 am -11:00 am Be sure to be at the landing by 8:30 am and ready to launch by 9:00 am!  WAKE UP on our morning paddles on the Waccamaw River Blue Trail The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® and our partners, American Rivers, Sierra Club Winyah Group, and Black River Outdoors, are hosting the WAKE UP paddle series on the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. During the paddles we will explore the Blue Trail and discuss the issues facing our beautiful blackwater river. Wake up to the issues while enjoying a morning paddle! No Kayak? No Problem!  Be sure to let us know at registration if you will need a kayak. Black River Outdoors will provide a kayak for anyone who needs one!  Register to reserve your spot! Space is limited to 20 people per paddle. Make sure to reserve your spot by registering via our Google Form and then following the link in your confirmation email to pay your registration fee.  Registration is $10 for Riverkeeper members and $15 for non-members.  Click the button below to register now!  What to Bring: Water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray and camera What to Wear: Hat, sunglasses, and light clothing that will dry quickly avoiding heavy cottons. Comfortable sports sandals with a heel strap (Chacos, Tevas, etc) are ideal, but any shoe that can get wet will do.  Extra layers can be packed into provided dry bags.      

Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference

Friday, November 9, 2018

  Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® A Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation P.O. Box 554 (301 Allied Drive) Conway, SC  29528 843-349-4007 Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org www.winyahrivers.org   PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Cara Schildtknecht   843-349-4007 riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org   Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference Friday November 9th, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Download the agenda by clicking here.   The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation, and Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy are hosting the Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference on Friday, November 9th, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in room #300 at the Coastal Science Center located at 301 Allied Drive, Conway, SC 29528. This event is open to all who are interested. Come learn about current water quality monitoring and reporting efforts in the region. The agenda features a presentation by Laila Johnston, American Rivers Winyah Bay Coordinator, about the Waccamaw River Blue Trail.     For more information contact:   Cara Schildtknecht Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® A Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation PO Box 554 Conway, SC 29528 (843) 349-4007 Riverkeeper@winyahrivers.org www.winyahrivers.org   The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program is sponsored by Winyah Rivers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is "to protect, preserve, monitor, and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the  Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program."  

NC Pipeline Watch Training

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) proposes to run a fracked gas pipeline 200 miles in North Carolina through communities and across waterways. Should construction begin, we want to ensure ACP fully complies with regulations intended to protect people and the environment from pollution by engaging volunteer observers. This program is organized by a group of conservation and community organizations. This website is intended to provide resources to volunteers trained to perform in the field monitoring of construction activities, a monitoring guide, field data sheet, maps, and pictures of pollution control measures. Let us know if you'd like to organize a training in your community or to become a volunteer monitor. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has not yet received all required approvals. Advocates continue to oppose its construction at both the Federal (e.g., Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC) and the State (NC Department of Environmental Quality or DEQ) levels as do our colleagues in both West Virginia and Virginia. However, because there is some on the ground activity and because we aim to be proactive rather than reactive, we are launching this monitoring program in NC to not only raise awareness of the potential environmental impacts but also to identify and report on issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. Similar efforts are underway in WV and VA. Together we are working to stop the ACP.     UPCOMING TRAININGS FOR PIPELINE OBSERVERS FROM NC PIPELINE WATCH These trainings will get you oriented and provide you the information to get in the field and monitor currently ongoing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for pollution issues. We will talk about where the pipeline route is planned, what types of pollution control measures to look for, how to determine if those measures are working, and how to record and report problems. Maps and reference documents will be available at our trainings. 1) Southern Portion In Person Training for Pipeline Observers Thursday, November 8th, at the Renaissance Event Center, located at 107 W. Central St. in Maxton, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - RSVP here   2) Northern Portion In Person Training for Pipeline Observers Monday, November 19th, training at the monthly Medoc Mountain Group Sierra Club meeting at the Englewood Methodist Church, 300 S Circle Dr off Sunset Ave, in Rocky Mount, from 7-8:30 pm - RSVP here   3) NC Pipeline Watch Online Training for Pipeline Observers Tuesday, November 13th on your computer, from 6 pm - 7:30. RSVP today! Duke Energy and Dominion Resources are trying to run a fracked gas pipeline 200 miles in North Carolina through communities and across waterways. As construction starts we continue to work to stop the pipeline and want to ensure ACP fully complies with regulations intended to protect people and the environment from pollution by engaging volunteer observers. This program is organized by NC Pipeline Watch, a group of conservation and community organizations. This webinar is intended to provide resources to volunteers through training to perform in the field monitoring of construction activities, a monitoring guide, field data sheet, maps, and pictures of pollution control measures. If you have questions, please email: info@ncpipelinewatch.org or visit http://ncpipelinewatch.org RSVP today!

Rocky Point Grand Opening

Saturday, December 1, 2018

NEWS RELEASE Nov. 16, 2018 Contact: Jackie Broach, public information officer Phone: (843) 545-3164 E-mail: jbroach@gtcounty.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   County, partners to open new Rocky Point boat landing, kayak launch   GEORGETOWN COUNTY – After a delay caused by Hurricane Florence and related flooding, Georgetown County Parks and Recreation is ready and excited to open the newly completed boat landing and kayak launch at Rocky Point Community Forest. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. This event will give members of the public their first look at these new amenities on the property. After the event, the gates to the property will officially be open, providing access to the landing and forest – something area residents have been looking forward to for quite some time. Though owned privately, the property was made available to the public for nearly 70 years before changing hands in 2007. The new owner cut off that access and recreational opportunities provided through the property were sorely missed by the community. Thankfully, just under three years ago, a unique partnership allowed the land to be reclaimed for public use. The Winyah Rivers Foundation purchased the 462-acre property through a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Open Space Institute and Georgetown County, which will manage recreational amenities on the property. Opening of the new boat landing and kayak launch are the first steps in transforming Rocky point in to South Carolina’s first public-use community forest. “This is a very small part of a much larger project,” County Administrator Sel Hemingway explained back in May when the county broke ground on the new boat landing and kayak launch. Future plans for the property include the eventual addition of hiking, biking and equine trails, as well as camping grounds. “We’re thrilled to be resurrecting such a valued community asset and grateful to The Nature Conservancy, Georgetown County and Open Space Institute for welcoming us into this landmark partnership,” said Emma Boyer of Winyah Rivers Foundation. “This gives us the opportunity to take a new approach in pursuing our mission in the Winyah Bay watershed. We’re looking forward to a new generation of fond memories made on the river at Rocky Point.” Beth Goodale, director of Georgetown County Parks and Recreation, said she is delighted at the cooperation from so many different groups that has made reopening this property for the public a possibility. “It really just makes me happy to see it. I think it really speaks to the importance of this property to the surrounding community, the county and beyond. This piece of land has immense value and potential for our area. It’s really a gem and something all these groups and our community as a whole should be proud of.” The new canoe and kayak launch was supported through a grant to the Open Space Institute through the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund which is made possible with funding from the Duke Energy Foundation. The Duke Energy Foundation is investing $10 million to fund programs benefiting waterways in the Carolinas or immediately downstream of operational facilities in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. The fund supports science-based, research supported projects and programs that provide direct benefits in water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, public use and access to waterways and public awareness about individuals’ roles in protecting water resources. The $50,000 kayak launch is located adjacent to the new $150,000 boat landing, which was funded by the county. The new launch ramp has convenient access and a courtesy dock. While the parking area was improved for trailering, launch and traffic, it remains in a natural state with no paving, which is in keeping with the vision for the property. Additional parties who had a role in opening this property back for the public include:   Grantors for the Acquisition of Rocky Point  South Carolina Conservation Bank US Fish and Wildlife (North American Wetland Conservation Act) Duke Energy Water Resources Fund Carolina Bird Club France P. Bunnelle Foundation Butler Conservation Fund The Nature Conservancy   Grantors for the infrastructure on Rocky Point  SCDNR Water Rec Funding Duke Energy Water Resource Fund Judith Haskell Brewer Fund through the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Northern Virginia   Project Partners Winyah Rivers Foundation The Nature Conservancy Georgetown County Open Space Institute Rocky Point Community Forest Steering Committee Choppee Community SC Forestry Commission SC Department of Natural Resources Sabine and Waters (Forestry Consultants)