Broad River

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Midlands Gives - Tuesday, May 2nd

Watch Confluence

We are proud to present Confluence, a short film about our three rivers highlighting what makes them so special and why we fight to protect them.

Thanks to Modoc Stories and everybody who shared their stories and helped make this film.

Concerns About Carolina Crossroads Project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have been working on a project called Carolina Crossroads with the goal of reducing traffic and improving mobility in the I-20/26/126 corridor. The project team has identified 49 possible alternatives they believe could achieve those goals (view the alternatives here).

Ongoing Problems at Broad River Wastewater Plant

On August 25th Richland County Council called a special meeting to address ongoing issues at their Broad River wastewater treatment plant.

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 requires states to develop a list every two years of waterbodies that don’t meet water quality standards. The list is developed primarily from DHEC’s water quality monitoring data, as well as some data collected by outside organizations. It includes a location, the use that is impaired, and the cause of the impairment.

May 2015 Water Quality Monitoring Results

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 biochemical oxygen demand (BOD).  Three sites exceeded the state standards for bacteria, including Stoops Creek, which had the highest levels of fecal coliform and E. coli.  You can view all the results below.

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 at the Broad River and Smith Branch sample sites.  The state standard for fecal coliform bacteria is 400 colonies per 100 mL and the standard for E. coli is 349.

Results:

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 County's Broad River Wastewater Plant and on the Congaree River.  The state standard for fecal coliform bacteria is 400 colonies per 100 mL and the standard for E. coli is 349.

Results:

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 fecal coliform to E. Coli as the indicator for bacteria we have added E. Coli to our sampling.  South Carolina water quality regulations state that for a single sample, for freshwaters, E. Coli should not exceed 349/100ml .

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 results from the March sampling, as well as the past results, are listed below.

Results:

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 nutrients (Phosphorous and Nitrogen) and biological oxygen demand (BOD5).  The results from the December sampling, as well as the September results, are listed below.

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 are some of the results from that sampling.

 

Here are maps of our sample locations:

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 difficult.  Runoff from construction activities is one of the leading causes of sedimentation in our area.

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 permit seeks to withdraw an average of approximately 83 cfs from Monticello Lake to cool the reactors, and discharge into the Broad River at Parr Reservoir an average of 21 cfs of wastewater, primarily comprised of used water for cooling purposes, process wastewater, and liquid low-level radioactive waste. 

A Beautiful Day at Riverfront Park

By Mullen Taylor, Guest Blogger and member of Congaree Riverkeeper Board of Directors

Lower Broad River

The Congaree Riverkeeper’s geographical scope includes a 22-mile stretch of the Broad River, from the Parr Shoals Reservoir located in Newberry County down to its confluence with the Lower Saluda River, located within the City of Columbia.

View a panorama of the Broad River.

River Reading Room

On this page, we offer for your reading pleasure and edification, public documents and reports about, relating to or impacting the Congaree, Lower Broad, and Lower Saluda Rivers.  Check back periodically as we add to this reading room.

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Current River Levels

This page offers links to real-time USGS streamflow data.  The stations are separated by drainage basin.