Stand for Your Rivers

Stand For Our Rivers - Saluda River - Gervais St Bridge

Join Congaree Riverkeeper in standing for our rivers. We'll admit -- we have it good around the Congaree, Saluda, and Broad rivers. From the gorgeous views, unmatched fishing, and some of the tastiest drinking water in the country, it's easy to take our Rivers for granted. We're here to remind YOU that our Rivers need your support! To keep the Rivers clean, safe, and accessible, we need your help to stand for the well-being of our most precious local resource -- our water.

Why stand for our rivers?

1. Our Rivers provide precious drinking water. Having some of the best tap water in the country, it's easy to forget that our Rivers suffer from the consequences of urbanization, sewer overflows, heavy-metal contamination, and bacteria-laden stormwater runoff. Awareness of these problems, combined with support from concerned citizens, is needed to ensure our drinking water remains both delicious and free from contaminants.

2. Our Rivers provide extraordinary recreational opportunities. World-class fishing, kayaking, paddling, swimming, and whitewater rafting, are daily occurrences on our precious Rivers. To ensure our waters are forever safe for humans and wildlife alike, we need folks who enjoy the benefits of the Rivers to stand for their health.

3. Our Rivers create important wildlife habitats. The Congaree, Lower Saluda and Lower Broad support rich biodiversity. During the summer, views of elegant Spider Lilies are possible from the banks of the Congaree. Spanish Moss dangles trepidatiously from oak trees. Alligators, turtles, striped and smallmouth bass, bobcats, and eagles make regular appearances.

4. The Midlands' defining feature is the system of Rivers flowing through it. Without a doubt, the Rivers are, the Midlands' most valuable resource. Not only do the Rivers provide us with drinking water, recreation, and wildlife habitats, they are quickly becoming the preferred development selling-point for the burgeoning surrounding cities. As housing, restaurants, and new developments pop up around our precious Rivers, we need your help to ensure the Rivers are being utilized appropriately -- to ensure safety and access for everyone.

How can you stand for our Rivers?

1. Join. We stand for the Congaree, Broad, and Saluda Rivers. Become a member, and empower your local Waterkeeper to serve an independent voice for our Rivers. Members receive our monthly newsletter, breaking news on water quality and river-related issues, and the satisfaction of knowing you're doing your part to keep our Rivers safe, clean, and accessible.

2. Volunteer. Get yours feet wet! Join us for a river cleanup or volunteer at one of our yearly events. Email us to schedule a time that works for you, your business, church, organization, or neighborhood.

3. Learn. Educate yourself about the history and ecology of the Rivers. Spend time by the river to learn about it face-to-face. Talk to your friends and family about the importance of preserving our rivers. Finally, sign up for our newsletter for important river-related news.

Having such rich natural resources running right through our metropolitan area makes the Midlands unique. If we don't work to protect and preserve our most important resource, the very thing that makes our home special will become tainted. Water pollution impairs human and wildlife health. Too much bacteria in our Rivers can cause swimmers to get sick. An abundance of mercury can make some fish unsafe to eat more than once a week. Tourists, job-seekers, and locals, alike, don't want to spend time in or around foul-smelling water. Ultimately, water pollution takes money out of our community pocketbooks, because cities and counties must pay more to clean up pollution-related messes. So, join us in standing for our Rivers.