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Salkehatchie River Basin
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Water Quality Information

Reference Map of the Savannah-Salkahatcie River Basin

 

General Information

 

Basin Description

The Coosaw River/Ashepoo River/St. Helena Sound Basin (portion of hydrologic unit 03050207) is located in Colleton, Hampton, and Beaufort Counties and encompasses 5 watersheds and 829 square miles. The Coosaw River/Ashepoo River/St. Helena Sound Basin flows through the Lower Coastal Plain and Coastal Zone regions. Of the 530,816 acres, 34.9% is forested land, 23.2% is forested wetland (swamp), 14.5% is nonforested wetland (marsh), 14.4% is agricultural land, 8.7% is water, and 4.3% is urban land. There are approximately 1,426 stream miles, 1,331 acres of lake waters, and 38,505 acres of estuarine areas in this basin.
The Combahee River is formed from the confluence of the Salkehatchie and Little Salkehatchie River and flows into the Coosaw River. The Coosaw River joins the Ashepoo River and the Morgan River to form St. Helena Sound. The Ashepoo River originates near the City of Walterboro and accepts drainage from the Great Swamp and Horseshoe Creek before flowing into St. Helena Sound.

Water Quality Information

Coosaw River/Ashepoo River/St. Helena Sound Hydrologic Unit Code Text adobe pdf icon Maps adobe pdf icon
Factors Assessed in Watershed Evaluations,
Watershed Stewardship Programs, and
Protection and Restoration Strategies
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Watershed Unit Index Map     X
Water Quality Assessment Summary   X  
       
Combahee River 03050207-
07
 X X
Upper Ashepoo River 03050207-
08
 X X
Horseshoe Creek 03050207-
09
 X X
Lower Ashepoo River / St. Helena Sound 03050207-
10
 X X
Coosaw River / St. Helena Sound 03050207-
11
 X X

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