Save Our Saluda has been awarded a $533,000 grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to protect water quality in the Upper Saluda Watershed.

The advocacy group, which strives to protect and restore the Upper Saluda Watershed, the Saluda River and its tributaries and Saluda Lake, will utilize the grant money to work alongside partner organizations to develop and implement projects aimed at reducing sediment runoff to the North Saluda River and Saluda Lake.

“The North Saluda River and Saluda Lake are drinking water sources, support business and industry and provide recreational opportunities to thousands of Upstate residents and visitors,” the group said in a press release. “Sediment has filled in the lake and impacted the water quality and health of the river and lake.”

The project funded by the grant money has the potential to address these water quality issues through financing of soil conservation practices, which SOS asserts will help reduce sediment runoff.

Key amongst the environmentally protective elements of the project will be cost share assistance offered to local farmers and landowners within the watershed. These funds will allow farmers and landowners to implement best practices for water quality, such as covering crops, intercropping, implementing fencing and borders, stream bank stabilization and other methods.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like
Greenville gentrification

United Way and Furman University release study on effects of gentrification

The study’s focus group included 72 residents in areas including Brandon, Berea, West Greenville, Haynie-Sirrine and Simpsonville. View the report inside.
High speed rail

Greenville weighs in on Atlanta to Charlotte high speed rail

The Greenville community attended an open house Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at County Square to share their opinions about a high speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte.
Swamp Rabbit

New bridges along the Swamp Rabbit Trail’s Green Line could look similar to Liberty Bridge

Greenville County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism released details on the planned bridges and other updates for the Green Line expansion.