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.