Coalition Starts Weekly Water Quality Monitoring

In June a coalition of river stakeholders kicked off an enhanced water quality monitoring program for the Lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers during the peak recreational season.  In an effort to encourage safe recreational use of the river weekly water quality data will be available at beginning this summer. 

The Lower Saluda River Coalition is made up of river related businesses, environmental groups, local and state government, property owners, industry and other users of the river.  One of our main purposes is to ensure the safety of individuals recreating on the rivers and to educate the public on issues related to natural waters.  Our first objective is to make water quality information more frequently and readily available to river users so they can make informed decisions on when to recreate in the river.  This is the first program of its type for inland waters.

The enhanced monitoring program will run from June through September this year and May through September in future years.  It involves eight monitoring locations on the Lower Saluda and Congaree rivers that will be sampled every Wednesday. Results from the sampling will be on the website the next day. If a sample result is above the state standard for contact recreation another sample will be collected on Thursday and updated results and advisories will be posted on Friday afternoon. The first sampling event took place on June 21, 2017.

See the latest results and learn more at


You can also read more in these news stories:

The State Newspaper - Are the Congaree, Saluda rivers clean enough for swimmers? This website will tell you

Free Times - Find Out Whether the River Is Safe for Swimming