Fecal Coliform

Congaree Riverkeeper Files Clean Water Act Lawsuit

Congaree Riverkeeper, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, today filed suit in federal court to stop unlawful sewage discharges into the Saluda River near Columbia, S.C.  The complaint is directed at the Carolina Water Service I-20 facility, which has repeatedly exceeded pollution limits and failed to tie into a nearby modern regional treatment system that was built over a decade ago.

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.

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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.

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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