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ETV’s Web of Water Resources: Documentary, Webisodes and More on

October 11, 2016 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Map of SC Lakes and Rivers

Throughout history, civilizations have been drawn to water—for its life-sustaining properties; for its benefit to agriculture, trade, and transportation; for purposes of relaxation and recreation; and as a source of energy. During the floods of last October, through its continuing recovery efforts, and now, as we struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, South Carolinians have been reminded of its immense power. 

ETV's Web of Water 

Takes Users on a Kayak Tour of South Carolina - From the Mountains to the Sea 

Join educator Ian Sanchez, as he kayaks through all the regions of our state, making connections between our cultural and natural landscapes.

Web of Water includes the broadcast documentary; the webisodes (videos of Ian's three-week adventure through the five regions of our state; and a collection of maps, photos and diagrams

The resources are available for students, teachers and the general public to access online on

Web of Water Documentary

Thirty minutes in duration, covers Ian Sanchez’s complete adventure from the mountains to the sea, and features many additional locations and subjects not found in the five webisodes. Students in grades 6-12 will find the documentary, and especially the webisodes, interesting and engaging!


The five "Webisodes" provide an inspiring look at our state's regions, as well as Ian's special brand of outreach and environmental education, and insight into how rivers, landforms and landscapes of South Carolina shape who we are, where we live and why we live there.

Webisode 1: Blue Ridge

In this webisode, Ian Sanchez started at Table Rock State Park in Greenville, South Carolina, meeting with park rangers and a middle school class from a Pickens school conducting experiments with water. We explored the Blue Ridge Mountain and the headwaters of the Saluda to begin the voyage, filming on the Middle Saluda River, Jones Gap Park and Caesars Head State Park. Up in the mountains, the connections coming together as streams make waterfalls and waterfalls make rivers that all make their way down to the sea.

Webisode 2: Piedmont

In this second webisode, Ian traveled through the Piedmont, noticing that the river had changed since leaving the mountains in the Blue Ridge. Passing through rural farmland and enjoying the sounds of animals and agriculture, you notice that there was a balance between the peacefulness of the river and the activity of the population along its banks. All the lakes on the Upper Saluda are man-made, which meant he had to carry the kayak across many dams on the river, beginning at Lake Greenwood State Park and ending at Lake Murray. Paddling the Piedmont, you can see man adapting the river to his needs all around you.

Webisode 3: Sandhills

From the Piedmont, we head to the Sandhills in webisode 3 and continue to observe how the earth shapes the waterways and the waterways shape the earth. Ian discovered that the web of water strings together friends and family as he passed through the Sandhills and Fall Line Zone. The heavy paddle through the undeveloped stretch of the Saluda below Lake Greenwood widened and joined with other tributaries at the mouth of Lake Murray. A paddle through Lake Murray went past islands teeming with wildlife and finally to Dreher Island State Park. Then it was on to Saluda Shoals Park where the entire 3rd grade of Nursery Road School met Ian near the river’s edge to learn about plants.

Webisode 4: Coastal Plain 

In this fourth webisode, Ian traveled away from the Fall Line and down the Congaree River toward Charleston to enter South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree Swamp National Park, to explore the coastal floodplains. Spending time with an archaeologist in the Congaree, we saw amazing wildlife and learned a lot about the ecosystem of the swamp as well as more about the role of the American Indians in South Carolina history as we followed the river down to Santee National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is an important part of maintaining habitat for local animal species.

Webisode 5: Coastal Zone 

In this last webisode, Ian left the Santee Lake area and paddled toward the Upper Cooper River, passing by Mepkin Abbey and through Chicken Creek.  Nearing Charleston, the landscape became industrial as we passed the old naval yards of North Charleston and could see the Cooper River Bridge in the distance. Stopping at the South Carolina Aquarium, Ian met the Charleston Kids with Cameras group to discuss historic Charleston Harbor. To end our adventure, we went around the peninsula and up the Ashley River to beautiful Magnolia Gardens, where Ian met middle school students from Haute Gap.

Maps, Photos and Diagrams

These resources provide further insight into how rivers, landforms and landscapes of South Carolina shape who we are, where we live and why we live there.

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