Isaiah Nelson, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Charleston Waterkeeper (Charleston Harbor in South Carolina) has offered some insight about where they are currently focusing expertise & resources to best serve and protect their beautiful Harbor and one of our country’s precious resources.
Find out more at: http://charlestonwaterkeeper.org/
Learn about & support your local Waterkeeper at: http://waterkeeper.org/
Water Quality Monitoring Program
As a data driven organization, Charleston Waterkeeper is heavily reliant on science and empirical information to support our educational programs, community outreach, and advocacy campaigns. We have embarked on the development of a water quality monitoring program- created to identify and resolve water pollution issues throughout Charleston’s Waterways.
Holy Sewage Campaign and Permitted Polluters
The Holy Sewage campaign highlights the state of sewage treatment in the Charleston Harbor watershed. Charleston Waterkeeper strives to educate the public about water quality issues associated with sewage treatment and focuses on regular monitoring of all permitted polluters to ensure that facilities are in compliance with their particular permit.
Stormwater Monitoring Program
Stormwater runoff is one of the biggest contributors to water pollution in the Lowcountry. We have set out to monitor the threat of stormwater pollution by following the problem backwards. We monitor the outfall pipes of stormwater runoff, determine the types of pollution present, and determine the source. This approach allows us to target our outreach to specific behaviors and actions on land.
Three interesting facts about the Charleston Harbor:
We have all three – fresh, brackish and saltwater within our system.
The Ashey and Cooper river form to create the downtown peninsula
Charleston Harbor (our watershed) is the site where the Civil War started!
And if you are planning to be in the neighborhood April 05, 2012, don’t miss their annual Waterball to be held at the South Carolina Aquarium! Tickets will be available in advance at: thewaterball.org