View of the Waccamaw River by boat.

The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation has launched an Adopt-a-Landing program as an effort to cleanup and promote stewardship of public boat landings in Horry and Georgetown counties.

There have been 19 boat landings identified for the program, nine of which are already adopted. Groups that have offered to adopt a boat landing include Wildlife Action, Keep Horry County Beautiful and student groups with the Sustainability Initiative at Coastal Carolina University. The Adopt-a-Landing program asks groups to host at least two organized clean-up events at their adopted landing, identify any problems, and participate in a National Clean-Up on September 17. In return, the groups will receive recognition and an official sign for their adopted landing. There is no cost involved for adoption.

Boat landings are still available for adoption and local citizen groups, businesses, church groups, youth groups and schools are invited to participate.

The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER Program was established in 2002 to educate and advocate for the protection of the Waccamaw River watershed in North and South Carolina. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Christine Ellis, is a paid advocate. She works to mobilize citizens to protect the river and its traditional beneficial uses. According to their website, “Our mission is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. We use education and advocacy to ensure that our rivers are fishable, swimmable and drinkable for current and future generations of users.”

To learn more or to adopt a landing, contact the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER at (843) 349-4007 or wrk@coastal.edu. The website is www.winyahrivers.org

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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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  1. NC-BFF on July 30, 2011

    Looks like you’ll be doing some more kayaking on the river!

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