Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

John J. Hutchens, Jr.


Research on wetlands in the Myrtle Beach, SC region was done in March to April 2005. The purpose of the study was to compare the health of wetlands near urbanization versus wetlands further from urbanization. The urban wetland areas studied were a freshwater wetland stream adjacent to Highway 544 in Conway, SC and a saltwater wetland located at Withers Swash in downtown Myrtle Beach, SC. The non urban areas were the freshwater wetland region in Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC and a salt marsh located in the same state park. Water quality parameters studied were pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), conductivity, turbidity, and fecal coliforms. Results showed that all four sites demonstrated safe water quality. There was no significant difference between the urbanized sites and the sites away from urbanization.