And then the rain

Heavy morning rains turned the Reedy River into a flowing brown mess that has inched higher and higher toward Greenville roads as the National Weather Service put the county under a flash flood warning. However, city officials said that recent cleanings of catch basins along the river and its tributaries likely will prevent any major […]

Lake’s nutrient levels growing

Lake Greenwood is one of the most stressed major impoundments in South Carolina, say county officials charged with maintaining the lake’s health. The conservation group American Rivers recently listed the Saluda River, which feeds Lake Greenwood, as No. 6 on its list of 10 most endangered rivers nationally. The river was listed because of issues […]

Saluda is No.6

Phosphorus and sediment threaten to undo 30 years of progress on water quality in the Saluda River basin, said environmental groups and federal officials at a news conference to announce the Saluda is ranked 6th on American Rivers list of the top 10 endangered streams in the nation. The Saluda is the third South Carolina […]

Aughtry, Tynan square off

It has rained, but the drought isn’t officially over yet and water issues are still very much front burner in the Upstate. Upstate conservationist John Tynan, a Democrat, and Bruce Aughtry, a partner with Windsor-Aughtry Development and a Republican, are squaring off for a seat on the Greenville Water System Commissioner being vacated by the […]

We’re No. 7…

South Carolina is ranked seventh in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Filthy 15” list of states with proposed new coal plants across the United States. The environmental watchdog group claims that new coal fired power plants along the coast of South Carolina will add almost 800,000 tons of new coal waste and almost 800 tons […]

Council talks power lines

It will take a long time and a lot of money for Greenville to bury electricity transmission lines in the parts of town that are most vulnerable to power failures, city council members were told Monday night. “The fact that the numbers seem small (about 400 homes over a 10-year period at an estimated cost […]

Buried in scrutiny

Just what Greenville will be getting for its $12 million investment in burying power lines in parts of the city over 10 years is a matter of intense debate in some circles. There is the obvious, and stated, benefit of improving reliability – the Reliability Improvement Program or RIP. That whole plan was started in […]

A long, costly affair

It will take a long time and a lot of money for Greenville to bury electricity transmission lines in the parts of town that are most vulnerable to power failures, city council members were told Monday night. “The fact that the numbers seem small (about 400 homes over a 10-year period at an estimated cost […]

Greenville lags behind

Charleston is way ahead of most South Carolina cities in burying power lines. South Carolina Electric and Gas and the city have been doing so since the 1960s, said SCE&G spokesman Scott Grigg. The program, which has run in a long series of stops and starts, has seen a considerable portion of the power lines […]

Blowing in the wind

Depending on which way the wind blows, most of the Upstate can be downwind and vulnerable to toxic emissions from Duke Energy’s Cliffside coal-fired power plant, environmentalists say. Air quality issues have become acute in the Upstate as officials brace for a tightening of EPA standards for ozone levels and particulate matter next year. These […]

Drugs seep into state’s rivers

People living downstream from the Greenville metropolitan area are literally drinking pharmaceutical drugs and a host of other chemicals from water systems along the Reedy and Saluda rivers. Many of the pharmaceuticals are released through human waste or by flushing old or unused prescription drugs down the toilet. The chemicals also come from a variety […]