Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 23:57
On Thursday (March 30th) a federal court ruled in favor of Congaree Riverkeeper in a citizen Clean Water Act lawsuit brought against private sewer company Carolina Water Service (CWS). The court ruled that the Carolina Water Service I-20 wastewater treatment plant has been violating the Clean Water Act by discharging pollution into the Saluda River and violating the terms of their NPDES permit.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 17:51
Today (8/1/16) the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) officially denied renewal of the NPDES permit for Carolina Water Service’s I-20 wastewater treatment plant. In addition to the permit denial DHEC also issued administrative orders to CWS and the Town of Lexington requiring them to submit a coordinated plan to eliminate the CWS I-20 discharge and shut down the facility.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 11:37
After 17 days DHEC has lifted the swimming advisory for the Saluda River near Saluda Shoals Park.
From DHEC's press release:
"We have been performing daily sampling along the section of river that was impacted by improperly treated wastewater, along with the effluent being discharged from the facility, and found that bacteria levels have returned to consistently satisfactory levels," said David Baize, chief of DHEC's Bureau of Water.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 16:19
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.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 01:00
On the morning of Wednesday, February 17th while collecting water quality samples Congaree Riverkeeper discovered a large sewer spill in Stoops Creek, a tributary to the Lower Saluda River. We found a broken force main (large pressurized sewer pipe) spilling sewage into the creek downstream of Bush River Rd and the railroad crossing. We contacted the City of Columbia and DHEC who responded quickly and began working on a repair plan.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 18:12
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.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 18:05
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. Below is a portion of that statement:
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 14:50
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 creeks, eventually reaching the Saluda River. West Vista owns the sewage collection system on their property (know as a satellite sewer system) but loopholes in regulations made it unclear who was responsible for maintenance of these systems.
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 17:40
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 touch on all three of our missions. They obviously improve river access, but we also think they serve as a catalyst to increase awareness and concern about water quality and habitat protection. We firmly believe that if more people see and enjoy our Rivers, then more people will care about them and want clean and healthy Rivers. We also believe greenways can help protect river
Submitted by Congaree Riverkeeper on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 20:03
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 are already in place. The zoo will place a movable barricade somewhere in the upper end of the parking lot allowing parking for that day’s projected visitors. As long as we park within the approved area and not beyond the barricade river users will be allowed to park in the zoo parking lot and can access the river from there. Keep in mind these parking spac
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.
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.