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Waccamaw Riverkeeper Program
1270 Atlantic Avenue
Conway, SC 29526

Phone: 843-349-4007
Fax: 843-349-4042
Website: http://www.winyahrivers.org

Contact:
Christine Ellis, Waccamaw Riverkeeper
wrk@coastal.edu

Organizational mission or general goals:
The mission of the Winyah Rivers Foundation 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.

Primary services provided:
Serve as a full time public advocate for the Waccamaw River and assigned territory, observing, documenting and reporting environmentally harmful activity, and instituting enforcement action or encouraging Winyah Rivers Foundation to pursue litigation where appropriate. Work closely with Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with environmental groups, public officials and agencies. Increase citizen participation in environmental rule making and monitoring. Serve as the official spokesperson for Winyah Rivers Foundation for assigned projects, including interviews and presentations to public agencies, government officials, foundations, civic groups and the media on a variety of topics some of which may be controversial and technically complex. Prepare technical and/or advocacy position papers. Be prepared to defend these potentially controversial positions in a professional and technically justifiable manner. Empower and motivate an expanded number of informed citizens who can identify water quality problems; work with the appropriate agencies to fix the problem; and bring attention to the problem if not fixed or if there is a successful resolution. Recruit, train and maintain a motivated and viable volunteer network which can carry out monitoring duties, attend hearings, give presentations and serve as the "eyes and ears" of their local communities. Work with local, state and federal agencies to enhance the enforcement and compliance of existing environmental rules and regulations and identify areas needing new and improved regulation.

Primary clientele served:
Citizens in both North Carolina (Brunswick and Columbus County) and South Carolina (Horry and Georgetown County)

Employees and/or volunteers:
1 full-time staff, 1 part-time staff, 15 volunteer Board members, 50 active volunteers but looking for more along the 140 mile stretch of the Waccamaw River in both North and South Carolina.

Staff members eligible for professional credentialing and credentialed staff members employed:
Waccamaw Riverkeeper holds two degrees from higher education institutions.

Clients/patients/participants served each year:
Full time and seasonal populations in both North Carolina and South Carolina who benefit from the assets of the Waccamaw River, including drinking water, receational opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat.

Organization accredited or certified by an outside agency or association:
The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER Program is licensed by the WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE, a grassroots organization with local Waterkeeper programs nationally and internationally and dedicated to preserving and protecting your water from pollution.

Special services or pricing for senior citizens:
Volunteer opportunities of all types,including help with administrative duties in the office, campaigns to increase membership, help at educational events, participation in research and organizing and volunteering for fundraising events.

Comments:
Alternate Contact: Crystal Caschera, Assistant to Waccamaw Riverkeeper - crystal@winyahrivers.org. For more information, please visit our website at www.winyahrivers.org or contact us at (843) 349-4007 Invest in YOUR river...become a member today at http://www.winyahrivers.org
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