River Watch: Riverkeeper News Briefs

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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...
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Sedimentation at Riverfront Park   Sedimentation is a serious water quality problem that can damage aquatic habitats, harm fish and other aquatic animal and plant communities and make navigation and recreational use and more... read more...
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Runoff from Cayce Quarry   On Monday December 19th Congaree Riverkeeper was alerted of a pollution problem affecting the Congaree River.  While walking on the Cayce portion of the riverwalk a concerned citizen... read more...
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Calling on City Council An important milestone in the health of our Rivers was reached last year when DHEC issued what is called a MS4 permit to the City of Columbia that requires it to regulate stormwater runoff within its... read more...
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Joint Statement Regarding Saluda River Access   JOINT STATEMENT OF CONGAREE RIVERKEEPER & RIVERBANKS ZOO read more...
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City of Columbia Seeking Comment on Revised Stormwater Ordinance The City of Columbia is seeking public input concerning proposed revisions to its stormwater management and erosion control ordinances.  The following meetings will be held at 701... read more...
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Public Meeting Scheduled Regarding Proposed Nuclear Reactors SCE&G is seeking a permit from DHEC authorizing discharge of wastewater associated with its two proposed additional nuclear reactors at VC Summer Nuclear Facility in Fairfield County.  The... read more...