Congaree River

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:

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 there has been significant progress on bringing several of these polluters back into compliance.  Below is an update on the top four polluters from our list.

The City of Columbia

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.

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Update: Congaree River Tar Cleanup

Cleanup alternatives proposed, public meeting set

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.

Rivers and Dark Skies

Take a look at the image below showing our state at night.  It is part of the "Black Marble" set of images captured by a NASA-NOAA satellite and released earlier this month.  You can view a zoomable version of the entire planet by following the link.  http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/3866-black-marble-zoomable-image.html

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:

A Trip on The Congaree

Last Friday I took a trip on the Congaree River with my talented photographer and supportive girlfriend Sara McGregor.  We took the "new" Riverkeeper jon boat and put in at the Bates Bridge Landing off of Highway 601.  The landing is right under the 601 bridge which is currently under construction.  From the landing we ran down to the confluence where the Congaree and Wateree Rivers meet to form the Santee River and the headwaters of Lake Marion.  Heading back upstream we passed under the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge where the rail line crosses the river be

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 noticed milky white water flowing into Monkey Springs Creek and then into the river.  She contacted Congaree Riverkeeper and sent photos of the problem.  We followed up on the report and were able to trace the problem to the Cayce Quarry.  Officials at the quarry, which is operated by Martin Marietta Materials, investigated the problem with us and were quick to respond.

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About Our Rivers

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. Read more.

Congaree River

The Congaree Riverkeeper's geographical scope includes the entire Congaree River, from its formation just above the Gervais Street Bridge in Columbia to its confluence with the Wateree River.

View a panorama of the Congaree 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.

Tubing on the Congaree River - August 6, 2011

Tubing on our rivers has become a very popular pastime.  So when “little friends” from North Carolina were visiting the Congaree Riverkeeper, that’s what we decided to do.  Tyler and Tristine tubed down the Congaree River for the first time last Saturday.  A short trip was planned, because we weren’t

Paddling the Congaree River Blue Trail

The Congaree River is a unique recreational resource with tremendous potential, which is why we should not abuse it.

A Riverbank History of the Midlands: The Congaree, Broad and Saluda Rivers

As is often the case with places, Columbia’s history is tied inextricably to its landscape, and more specifically its rivers. Serving as the highways of the day, South Carolina’s rivers provided ready access to an inland wilderness. Lowcountry Rivers led inland to the fall line, the area where the piedmont meets the coastal plain; an area that is characterized by the rapids and shoals of the Congaree, Broad and Saluda. It is a landscape of rivers, flood plain swamps and hardwood bluffs. These rivers tell a history of our state and our capital, Columbia.

 

Iceberg Rocks

Congaree River on Monday

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