2023 State of the Sound Symposium – Raising Awareness Through Research

Okatie, SC –The Port Royal Sound Foundation (PRSF) was proud to host the 2nd annual State of the Sound Symposium on January 23 at the PRSF Maritime Center. This event marked the launch of the Port Royal Sound Environmental Quality Assessment, the first publication in the State of the Sound Series. This publication examines historic water quality data on the Port Royal Sound watershed, providing critical baseline data for future research in the area and highlighting sites that may benefit from more focused study. Four speakers presented on various topics related to the health of the Sound and explored how they connect to the Port Royal Sound Environmental Quality Assessment. These speakers included Dr. Denise Sanger, Dr. Andrew Tweel, and Dr. Joseph Ballenger (SCDNR Marine Resources Research Institute) and Dr. Eric Montie (University of South Carolina Beaufort). For more information and to view the publication, visit https://portroyalsoundfoundation.org/research-projects/.

The Port Royal Sound Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving the Port Royal Sound for the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our area.  The Foundation is committed to education, research, and conservation initiatives for the good of our community.

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If you would like more information, please contact Kat Armstrong at 843-645-7774 or email at karmstrong@portroyalsoundfoundation.org.

At A Glance


From creature feedings to nature hikes, we’ve got exciting events for the whole family to enjoy.


We are centrally located in Beaufort County, where S.C. 170 crosses the Chechessee River. Just take the right exit from either direction at the bridge.

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