Waccamaw Riverkeeper


Cara Schildtknecht
[email protected]
(843) 349-4007

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.

Cara recently graduated with a Master’s of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University (CCU). She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Arts in English at Shepherd University (SU) in Shepherdstown, WV. Cara has experience as a graduate assistant and teaching assistant at CCU and as a research assistant at SU. In addition, she served in the US Peace Corps in Ghana as a Natural Resource Advisor. Cara assumes the role that Emma Gerald Boyer has held since 2015. 


290 Allied Drive
Conway, South Carolina 29526