The Waccamaw River Basin encompasses
8 watersheds and 626 square miles. The Waccamaw River Basin incorporates
the Lower Coastal Plain and Coastal Zone regions. Of the 400,919 acres,
6.3% is urban land, 6.0% is agricultural land, 16.7% is scrub/shrub
land, 0.2% is barren land, 38.9% is forested land, 28.3% is forested
wetland, 1.6% is nonforested wetland, and 2.0% is water (SCLRCC 1990).
The urban land percentage is comprised chiefly of the Cities of Conway
and Georgetown. There are a total of 827.2 stream miles in this watershed
and 1,939.1 acres of estuarine areas. The Waccamaw River originates
in North Carolina, and crosses into South Carolina to accept drainage
from Kingston Lake and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway before flowing
into Winyah Bay.*
*Information adapted from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) website.