Outside Magazine recently featured an issue highlighting 20 of America’s Best Cities and Idyllic Small Towns. And, guess what… To no great surprise, Charleston was on the list of our nation’s top 10 small towns! Using parameters such as “cost of living, unemployment, nightlife, commute time, and access to green spaces,” Outside Magazine established a winning list.
Undoubtedly, our waterways dominated the description justifying Charleston’s placement on the list:
And since it sits at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, it’s also prime watersport territory: There’s sailing in the harbor, sea-kayaking through the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway, and surfing at Folly Beach.
As Charleston’s natural beauty becomes more and more recognized by the rest of the world, it is important for those of us who call this place home to maintain and even elevate our reputation by protecting what we have. There is no argument against the fact that our waterways play an integral role in defining our charm, greatness and appeal as a city and as a region. For this reason alone, we must continue to invest a considerable and substantial amount of our time, energy and resources into protecting and preserving our waterways.
Charleston Waterkeeper is committed to maintaining the integrity of our waterways, defending them against pollution and protecting the public’s right to clean water. Join us in our efforts: donate and become a member today!