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The Free Times Best Of Columbia polls close this Friday... Have you cast you vot...

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:23
The Free Times Best Of Columbia polls close this Friday... Have you cast you vote for Congaree Riverkeeper yet?


2015 Best of Columbia
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Vote for Congaree Riverkeeper for Best Activist Group/Effort and Best Green Initiative.

Worked with DHEC to get this 55 gallon drum removed from the Congaree River this...

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:20
Worked with DHEC to get this 55 gallon drum removed from the Congaree River this morning. Thank you to the river user who spotted it and called to alert us.

The contents are still unknown, but DHEC is currently analyzing samples.

Update: Preliminary analysis indicates the contents were some kind of salt... possibly an old container of road de-icer.


Richland County is holding an open house on Wednesday, June 24th to discuss the...

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:38
Richland County is holding an open house on Wednesday, June 24th to discuss the new FEMA flood maps.


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Property Owners Encouraged to Attend Flood Risk Open House Residents with homes or land in high flood risk areas of Richland County can learn how to protect themselves and their property at a special open house next week. Preliminary flood hazard maps are used each year to indicate the portions of the County that are susceptible to damaging flooding. This year, the maps have been updated to reflect recent changes in topography, land use and drainage patterns. This means some properties formerly considered at risk for flooding are no longer located in identified flood risk areas, while other properties formerly thought to be safe are now considered at risk. To learn if a property is in a high flood area, residents are encouraged to attend the Flood Risk Open House, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia. Residents will be able to obtain information about flood insurance, view maps and speak with flood risk officials. For more information, contact Richland County Floodplain Manager Andrea Boling at bollinga@rcgov.us or 803-576-2150.

Our first appearance in Federal Court today... Carolina Water Service's motion t...

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:38
Our first appearance in Federal Court today... Carolina Water Service's motion to dismiss our case was denied. The fight continues!


Took our legal team from the Southern Environmental Law Center out on the Saluda...

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:10
Took our legal team from the Southern Environmental Law Center out on the Saluda today to see what we're fighting against, and more importantly, what we're fighting for.


Well that's something you don't see every day... What's the craziest wildlife si...

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 14:34
Well that's something you don't see every day...
What's the craziest wildlife sighting you've had on the river?


PHOTO: Raccoon Balances on Gator
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At first glance, the raccoon may look like it's balancing on a log.

Final voting for the Free Times Best Of 2015 list has begun... Are you going to...

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:48
Final voting for the Free Times Best Of 2015 list has begun... Are you going to vote Congaree Riverkeeper for best activist group and/or best green initiative?


2015 Best Of Columbia
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Tickets for the Gervais St. Bridge Dinner go on sale in just 30 minutes! http:/...

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:30
Tickets for the Gervais St. Bridge Dinner go on sale in just 30 minutes!

http://gervaisstreetbridgedinner.com/


Gervais St. Bridge Dinner
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The Gervais St. Bridge Dinner is a celebration of what we have in common, what we treasure, and what we're doing about it. If you live here in the Midlands, or are visiting, where one city starts and another ends rarely comes into play for you in day-to-day life. Cayce, West Columbia, and Columbia a…

Lets call this a throwback Tuesday... And be sure to check out gervaisstreetbrid...

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:13
Lets call this a throwback Tuesday...
And be sure to check out gervaisstreetbridgedinner.com for details on the #bridgedinner.


Timeline Photos
Four score and 8 years ago...! #bridgedinner #sodacity

Thanks to the awesome folks at First Presbyterian Church for doing stream cleanu...

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:54
Thanks to the awesome folks at First Presbyterian Church for doing stream cleanups on Rocky Branch and Smith Branch with us today.


Here's some more coverage from The State Newspaper on flooding and stormwater po...

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 11:05
Here's some more coverage from The State Newspaper on flooding and stormwater pollution.


Urban stream flooding, stormwater pollution could surge if June’s forecast heavy rains continue
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If the Columbia area continues to experience a wetter-than-normal June, as some weather experts suggest, it won’t be the Midlands’ three rivers that give the most concern to Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler.

With all this rain it seemed like a good time to talk to WLTX News19 about #stor...

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 13:03
With all this rain it seemed like a good time to talk to WLTX News19 about #stormwater pollution.


Data Shows Midlands Creeks Have Spike in E. Coli
www.wltx.com
Severe weather in the Midlands sometimes causes flooding and the debris from the street ends up in the river, which can contaminate the water.

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina has issued a flash flood war...

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 22:21
US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina has issued a flash flood warning. http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=cae&wwa=flash+flood+warning

You can the watch the water rise on Rocky Branch on the USGS webcam below....


Station Images
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Big announcement in the Free Times yesterday... are we going to see you on the b...

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:07
Big announcement in the Free Times yesterday... are we going to see you on the bridge on October 18th?


Dine on the Gervais Street Bridge This Fall
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Nobody’s ever accused Emile DeFelice (founder of Soda City Market, among other things) of thinking small.

Thanks so much to the Montessori School of Columbia for doing a cleanup on the C...

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:12
Thanks so much to the Montessori School of Columbia for doing a cleanup on the Congaree River with us today. They picked up more than 250 pounds of trash from the Senate Street landing.


Out on the Broad River doing some rocky shoals spider lily survey work as part o...

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:57
Out on the Broad River doing some rocky shoals spider lily survey work as part of the Parr/Fairfield hydro relicensing.