Murrells Inlet is a coastal community with strong economic and cultural ties to the salt marsh estuary that bears its name. The natural resources in Murrells Inlet attract residents and visitors to numerous outdoor recreation activities including bird watching, boating, fishing, shellfish harvesting, hiking, etc.
The local commercial fishing industry helps support a vibrant restaurant scene, which has led Murrells Inlet to become regarded as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina”. Protecting and sustaining these natural resources is of paramount importance to the Murrells Inlet community. This watershed plan serves as a means to guide the implementation of best management practices based on water quality trends and current landscape conditions. The primary focus of this watershed plan is to assess and mitigate sources of bacteria pollution in Murrells Inlet.