The Edisto River is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America. Over 250 miles long, the river winds through cypress forests, bottomland swamps, salt marshes and estuaries, and boasts a variety of habitats suitable for wildlife, recreation, and potable water resources. Having twice been listed as one of the most endangered rivers in the country by American Rivers, the Edisto is currently most threatened by excessive agricultural water withdrawals which continue to deplete the river and its surrounding aquifers. The Edisto Riverkeeper will engage citizens of Edisto River Basin through community outreach and education events. The Edisto Riverkeeper will also continue to engage elected officials in advocating for amendments to the South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use and Reporting Act and other legislation threatening the watershed in order to allow equal and fair access to water for all in the state of South Carolina. The Edisto Riverkeeper is also advocating for the establishment of Capacity Use designation for the Edisto River Basin and surrounding area through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Meg Morgan Adams grew up in the Savannah River area, actively participating as a volunteer with Savannah Riverkeeper for many years. Prior to joining Waterkeeper Alliance, Meg worked as a paralegal, advocating for equality and social justice, as well as playing a leading role in organizing campaign activities for numerous political campaigns on the state and local level in Georgia. Her previous experience also includes land use and commercial property management, establishing successful waste reduction programs through partnerships with various corporations, and implementation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Augusta University and an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Augusta Technical College, Meg’s legal and political experience shows that she is passionate about being a fierce defender of the laws protecting all people’s right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable waterways.
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