Bowman Road near Highway 17 crosses over near the headwaters of Shem Creek.
Near the headwaters of Shem Creek
Dr. Denise Sanger, marine scientist with the Marine Resources Research Institute at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources
Charleston’s Waterkeeper Andrew Wunderley taking water samples on Shem Creek
Every week from May to October, Charleston Waterkeeper measures Shem Creek’s enterococci bacterial levels in three areas: at the public park dock, at the Mill Street boat landing, and further up in the Shemwood II subdivision.
Charleston Waterkeeper’s testing reveals that Shem Creek regularly does not meet the state’s water quality standard for safe swimming.
Check the “swimmability” of 15 local sites at charlestonwaterkeeper.org (above), download the Swim Guide app: theswimguide.org/get-the-app/, or get involved with its community cleanup efforts.