Waccamaw Riverkeeper


Emma Gerald Boyer

The Waccamaw River watershed is one of the watersheds of the Lower Pee Dee Basin, and has its headwaters in the Lake Waccamaw area of North Carolina. Several extensive wetlands around the lake, most notably the Green Swamp, contribute water to streams flowing into the river. It joins with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Bucksport. As the river flows closer to the ocean, it forms the long mass of coastal land, known as the Waccamaw Neck, from the town of Murrells Inlet to the Winyah Bay. The Pee Dee River joins the Waccamaw just before it empties into the Winyah Bay. The river extends more than 140 miles from its headwaters to the ocean, draining an area of 1,640 square miles of coastal plain within two states.

Emma Gerald Boyer assumed her role as the Waccamaw Riverkeeper with Winyah Rivers Foundation in May 2015. She lives in Georgetown, SC, blocks from the Winyah Bay with her husband.  As a South Carolina Lowcountry native she is glad to be working in and for a place that she has always called home no matter where she has lived. Emma graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and from George Mason University with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Policy in December 2014. 


Winyah Rivers Foundation Coastal Carolina University Center for Marine & Wetlands Studies PO BOX 261954 290 Allied Drive
Conway, South Carolina 29528