Watershed stewardship tools are online
By Peter Hull
Carolina Clear has launched online tools for citizens and organizations interested in water quality, responsible development and environmental stewardship.
A watershed stewardship-mapping tool connects volunteers with groups that seek to protect and restore watersheds. Residents interested in wildlife habitat may want to help restore shorelines and wetlands. Those interested in fishing may get involved in reporting sediment erosion, which can harm the ecological health of a stream.
“Concerned residents can be watershed stewards, and there are many roles to play,” said Katie Giacalone, Carolina Clear’s statewide coordinator.
A watershed is the area where all of the water that drains from the land goes into the same point on a stream, lake or other water body. In South Carolina, watersheds are located in eight major river basins: Broad, Catawba, Edisto, Salkahatchie, Saluda, Santee, Savannah and Pee Dee, all of which contain sub-basins.