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Volunteer Water Monitoring Program

Briarcliffe Acres

As part of the Town of Briarcliffe Acres' Stormwater Committee's efforts to improve the quality their local water resources, a volunteer-based effort is underway to engage citizens in monitoring the health of our lakes, help identify areas for improvement, and help to better protect our lakes and ocean for the future enjoyment by our citizens and our visitors. The program began in 2019.

Please visit the links to the left that lead to sampling dates, publications, presentations, schedule of events, and an interactive data site where you can download data, perform statistical analyses and construct graphs.

History of monitoring in Briarcliffe Acres

1997 to present:  Weekly beach monitoring of fecal bacteria (Enterococcus) from May to October in surf zone at mouth of White Point Swash and along the beach in front of the cabana and Beach Drive road end.  Switched to year round in March 2013.  WAC-09A (White Point Swash) is on federal list of impaired waters (303d list).

2000: Microbial source tracking of storm water outfalls on Grand Strand.  Spot sampling at bridge over swash at Beach Drive found significant percentage of human-sourced fecal bacteria.

2003 to 2005:  Spot sampling in lakes for fecal bacteria.  Low levels reported.

2009 to 2010: The EQL conducted the first genotypic microbial source tracking project on Grand Strand as part of a watershed study of Briarcliffe Acres and the Meher Baba property. The projected concluded that human sourced bacteria were present in Briarcliffe Acres swash during both wet and dry conditions.

2012 to 2017:  The EQL conducted a groundwater study to improve management of lake levels during droughts and concluded water table near the swash was often high enough to intercept septic tank leach lines.

2015:  The EQL conducted another microbial source tracking project to compare discharges from Briarcliffe Acres swash and White Point swash. The project found both swashes were contributing to downstream impairment at WAC-09A.

2019: In February, the Waccamaw Watershed Academy began the Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring program in Briarcliffe Acres. 

Interested in Volunteering?

For more information on how to get involved contact the Briarcliffe Acres Field Leader.