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Watersheds

Santee River Basin
~ Ashley/Cooper Rivers ~

The Cooper River Basin encompasses 8 watersheds and 843 square miles. The Cooper River Basin incorporates the Lower Coastal Plain and Coastal Zone regions. Of the half a million acres in the Cooper River Basin, 52.7% is forested land, 15.8% is water, 14.5% is forested wetland, 8.3% is urban land, 4.1% is scrub/shrub land, 2.6% is agricultural land, 1.6% is nonforested wetland, and 0.4% is barren land. The urban land is comprised chiefly of the greater City of Charleston area. There are a total of 471.2 stream miles in the Cooper River Basin, together with 60,188.5 acres of lake waters, and 13,059.3 acres of estuarine areas. (Source: 1989-90 SPOT Imagery)

The Ashley River Basin incorporates 7 watersheds and 894 square miles. The Ashley River Basin consists of the Lower Coastal Plain and Coastal Zone regions of the State, and of the half a million acres in the basin, 47.6% is forested land, 15.1% is nonforested wetland, 9.8% is urban land, 9.0% is water, 7.8% is forested wetland, 7.3% is scrub/shrub land, 3.1% is agricultural land, and 0.3% is barren land. The urban land is comprised chiefly of the greater City of Charleston area. There are a total of 239.6 stream miles in the Ashley River Basin, together with 4,232.0 acres of lake waters, and 32,701.9 acres of estuarine areas.

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