Winyah Rivers Alliance
Our mission: to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed.
Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2001, Winyah Rivers Alliance is a grassroots organization of people from North and South Carolina who are convinced that the preservation of our local rivers and their watersheds would best be served by hiring advocates to protect clean water. We seek to ensure that the land and water uses support a high quality of life for all human and natural uses. Clean water is essential for a healthy community and a healthy economy.
The watershed over which we watch is the Lower PeeDee Basin, identified by the United States Geologic Survey as Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 030402. This large watershed represents a drainage area of 11,700 square miles and includes the Waccamaw, Lumber, Little Pee Dee, Lower Pee Dee, Lynches, Black and Sampit Rivers.
We host two RIVERKEEPER® Programs, licensed by WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE:
The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® advocates for protection of the Waccamaw River watershed, implementing education and advocacy programs focused on this 1,640 square mile watershed in North and South Carolina;
The Lumber RIVERKEEPER® advocates for protection of the Lumber River watershed, implementing education and advocacy programs focused on this 1,750 square mile watershed in North and South Carolina.
Collectively these watersheds are referred to as the greater Winyah Bay watershed because all rivers ultimately discharge into Winyah Bay at Georgetown, South Carolina, the third largest estuary on the eastern seaboard.