River Watch: Riverkeeper News Briefs

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July Water Quality Results On July 26th and 27th we collected water quality samples from seven of our nine sample sites. Two of the samples came back above the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL. read more...
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DHEC Denies CWS I-20 Permit Today (8/1/16) the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) officially denied renewal of the NPDES permit for Carolina Water Service’s I-20 wastewater treatment plant. In addition to... read more...
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Saluda River Wastewater Discharges read more...
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Saluda River Swimming Advisory Update   Update 7/7/16 After 17 days DHEC has lifted the swimming advisory for the Saluda River near Saluda Shoals Park. From DHEC's press release: "We have been performing daily sampling along... read more...
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2016 Legislative Recap This month marks the end of the 2015-2016 legislative session at the South Carolina State House, and overall it was a good year for our rivers. Working with our conservation partners we stopped a... read more...
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May Water Quality Monitoring Results On May 19 - 21 we collected water quality samples at our usual river and stream sites (list, map). Of the nine sites we sampled five had bacteria results that were above the state standard. E... read more...
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2016 List of Impaired Waters On April 1st the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released their 2016 draft list of impaired waters, also called the 303(d) list.  The Clean Water Act... read more...
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Riverkeeper Discovers Massive Sewer Spill on Stoops Creek On the morning of Wednesday, February 17th while collecting water quality samples Congaree Riverkeeper discovered a large sewer spill in Stoops Creek, a tributary to the Lower Saluda River. We found... read more...
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2015 Sewer Spill Report For the last several years we have compiled data from DHEC's sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) database to produce a report on the last year's sewer spills. In 2015 there were 205 reported sewer spills... read more...
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The Flood: What Happened and What Happens Next... Earlier this month South Carolina experienced flooding that caused widespread devastation and destruction. Some areas of the Midlands received more then 20 inches of rain in just two days. Homes,... read more...
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August Water Quality Results On August 4th and 5th we conducted another round of water quality sampling.  Nine sites on our rivers and urban streams were sampled for E. coli bacteria.  Only one sample site came back... read more...
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DHEC Updates Fish Consumption Advisories Earlier in July DHEC released updated fish consumption advisories for all South Carolina waters.  These advisories are intended to inform the public if the fish they catch in South Carolina... read more...
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May 2015 Water Quality Monitoring Results read more...
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Three Things You Can Do Today To Help Our Rivers The Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers are a vibrant and important part of the Midlands.  Below are three easy things you can do today to help protect our rivers... they will only take a few... read more...
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2014 Sewer Spill Report Sewer Spills, also called Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) are a major water quality concern in the Midlands.  Sewer Spills can result in serious risks to both public health and the overall... read more...
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Congaree Riverkeeper Files Clean Water Act Lawsuit Congaree Riverkeeper, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, today filed suit in federal court to stop unlawful sewage discharges into the Saluda River near Columbia, S.C.  The... read more...
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2014 Annual Report Last year was a busy one for Congaree Riverkeeper.  Take a look at our Annual Report below to see what we have been working on, a snapshot of our financial position, and an update on our Dirty... read more...
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Congaree Riverkeeper Supports Lexington Penny for Progress Earlier this year the Board of Directors of Congaree Riverkeeper voted to endorse the Lexington County Penny for Progress Program, a proposed 1% sales tax increase to fund numerous infrastructure... read more...
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Lower Richland Sewer Project Over the last month Richland County has held several public meetings to discuss their plans to expand sewer service to the lower portion of the county.  This plan, which will be funded primarily... read more...
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June Water Quality Monitoring Results Our second round of water quality sampling for 2014 was conducted on June 19th and 20th.  All seven sites were sampled for bacteria and three sites were also sampled for nutrients and... read more...
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Stop The Pollution Amnesty Act UPDATE: Because of our efforts and the work of our conservation partners H.3925 didn't even come to a vote on the Senate floor this legislative session.  While this was a victory for our... read more...
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March Water Quality Monitoring Results Our first round of water quality sampling in 2014 was conducted on March 20th and 21st.  The results from the 7 sites we sampled are below.  The sampling again revealed E. coli exceedances... read more...
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2014 List of Impaired Waters Every two years the Clean Water Act, specifically section 303(d), requires states to develop a list of waterbodies that don’t meet water quality standards. The list is developed primarily from DHEC’s... read more...
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2013 Sewer Spill Summary Sewer spills, also referred to as sanitary sewer overflows or SSOs occur when raw sewage is discharged from a sewer collection system and are one of the top water quality concerns in the Midlands.... read more...
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December Water Quality Monitoring Results At the end of December we conducted our sixth round of water quality sampling.  The results from the 7 sites we sampled are below.  The sampling revealed E. coli exceedances at Richland... read more...