River Watch: Riverkeeper News Briefs

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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...
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Dirty Half Dozen List Update In April of this year Congaree Riverkeeper published our first Dirty Half Dozen List identifying what we believe to be the six worst permitted polluters in our area.  Since publishing the list... read more...
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Congaree Riverkeeper Initiates Clean Water Act Lawsuit On November 4th, 2013 the Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Congaree Riverkeeper, sent a Notice of Intent to Sue for Violations of the Clean Water Act to Carolina Water Service, the... read more...
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September Water Quality Monitoring Results At the end of September we conducted our fifth round of water quality sampling.  The results from the 7 sites we sampled are below.  This round of sampling yielded some of the highest... read more...
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City of Columbia to Consider Proposed Consent Decree On Tuesday (8/13/13) Columbia City Council will take the first vote to authorize the execution of a proposed consent decree with the EPA, DHEC and US Department of Justice.  This consent decree... read more...
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June Water Quality Monitoring Results In late June Congaree Riverkeeper conducted our fourth round of water quality sampling.  The results from the 7 sites we sampled are below.  Since South Carolina recently transitioned from... read more...
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Dirty Half Dozen List Point source pollution describes pollution that comes from a single known location, like a pipe from a wastewater plant.  The Clean Water Act requires point sources of pollution to have a permit... read more...
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March Water Quality Monitoring Results In March Congaree Riverkeeper conducted our third round of water quality sampling.  In addition to the six sites we have previously sampled we added a new sample site on Gills Creek.  The... read more...
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Update: Congaree River Tar Cleanup Cleanup alternatives proposed, public meeting set read more...
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Top Issues to Watch in 2013 As we look ahead into the new year we know there will be a number of issues Congaree Riverkeeper will have to address.  Below are a few of the issues we expect to deal with in 2013. Parr/... read more...
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December Water Quality Monitoring Results In December we conducted our second round of sampling for our water quality monitoring program.  We sampled six sites for fecal coliform bacteria and also sampled the three river sites for... read more...
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Job Opportunity: Part-time Membership Coordinator Congaree Riverkeeper is looking to hire a part-time membership coordinator.  Take a look at the job description below. Job Description - Membership Coordinator       read more...
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DHEC Approves Discharge Permit for New Nuclear Reactors on the Broad River On October 11th the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control approved an NPDES permit for SCE&G's VC Summer Nuclear Station Units 2 and 3 located in Jenkinsvile, SC.... read more...
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Congaree Riverkeeper Supports the Penny Tax Earlier this month the Congaree Riverkeeper Board of Directors voted to endorse the Richland County Special Use and Sales Tax, commonly known as the penny tax.  Richland County voters will... read more...
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Water Quality Monitoring Results   Last month Congaree Riverkeeper kicked off our water quality monitoring program.  We sampled multiple locations on our rivers and their tributaries for a number of parameters.  Below... read more...
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Riverbanks Zoo to block access to Saluda River from its parking lot   Earlier today the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden released a statement describing their plans to erect a fence that will prevent the public from accessing the Saluda River from their parking lot.... read more...
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Riverkeeper Spots Illegal Discharge Earlier today (July 13th) Congaree Riverkeeper spotted a sedimentation problem in Rocky Branch near Maxcy Gregg Park.  Following the creek we were able to track the sediment source back to a... read more...
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Working to Prevent Sewer System Overflows Over the past several years the West Vista Apartments in West Columbia had a serious problem with sewer system overflows (SSOs).  Sewage would spill from backed up pipes and overflow into nearby... read more...
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Higher Flows on Lower Saluda to Resume Over the past few weeks, the Lower Saluda has experienced very low flows released from Lake Murray Dam operated by SCE&G.  Congaree Riverkeeper expressed concern to SCE&G that such... read more...
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Let's Get the Lower Saluda Greenway Funded and Built As part of its mission, Congaree Riverkeeper works to improve river access, protect fish and wildlife in and along our rivers, and advocate for clean water flowing within our rivers.  Greenways... read more...
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Congaree Riverkeeper Cleans Up Rocky Branch Creek Riverkeeper Bill Stangler and volunteers pose with the trash collected during the Rocky Branch Creek clean-up. read more...
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Saluda River Access at Riverbanks Zoo Last week Congaree Riverkeeper met with Riverbanks Zoo administration to discuss the issue of river access and the zoo parking lot.  The zoo laid out their plan, the basic components of which... read more...