With more than 330 member organizations, the Waterkeeper Alliance has been working to protect rivers since 1983 and has become the fastest-growing clean water movement in the world. Our unique brand of grassroots advocacy connects citizen involvement and dedicated, full-time organizational leadership with a strong network of water experts and activists from across the globe. Together, we acquire and share tactics that have proved successful in holding polluters accountable and challenging bad policies that harm our waterways and people’s ability to access and enjoy them. The Riverkeeper model has proven successful time and time again in South Carolina, as shown through the Savannah Riverkeeper, Congaree Riverkeeper, and Catawba Riverkeeper. Drinkable, fishable, and swimmable waterways are a public right to Americans, a right that we fight to protect. It is time for the great Edisto to have a full-time advocacy organization.
OUR ACTION PLAN
Advocate for the establishment of stronger surface water and groundwater withdrawal permitting through lobbying for amendments to current legislation.
Create and maintain positive relationships with relevant agencies and officials to establish more efficient enforcement of current and future environmental laws and regulations.
Establish public forums for education concerning threats to the watershed, garnering greater community and policymaker involvement in protecting the watershed.
Organize and host community events to encourage recreation within the watershed in order to commission those who enjoy the watershed to also serve as watershed advocates within their communities.
Serve as the main point of contact for citizen complaints or concerns regarding the watershed.
Continuously work to identify and address threats to the Edisto River and it’s surrounding watershed, devising solutions through threat management plans and forecasting future threats.
Forecast future threats and create future threat management plans to mitigate the risk of further damage to the watershed.
Serve as the full time advocate and voice of the watershed and those living in the communities which it encompasses.
Determine additional issues and tactics as needed to serve as the watchdog over the Edisto.