Dusk on the Ashley River

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Dusk provides a vivid palette of colors over the scenic Ashley River, named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury.

“The Ashley River is perhaps unparalleled in its unique combination of historical significance and natural resource value as a relatively undisturbed tidal ecosystem. The Ashley River area contains 26 separate sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Ashley River is a tidal river. Its character changes with each hour of the day as the saltwater flows in and out of Charleston Harbor. This creates a dynamic ecosystem where saltwater and freshwater organisms reside within a few miles of each other. Wildlife and vegetation patterns shift longitudinally reflecting the influence of the saltwater wedge.” South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Fact sheet on the Ashley River (PDF) Brochure on the Ashley River (PDF – file size 2M) Maps of Ashley River and 2010 Water Quality Impairments (PDF)