Water Quality

March Water Quality Results

Earlier this month we collected and analyzed another round of water quality samples. The results at six of our ten sample sites were above the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL, meaning the water may not be safe for contact recreation.

January Water Quality Results

At the end of January we conducted our first round of water quality sampling of 2017. The results at all 10 samples sites were below the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL. This marks the fist time since we started sampling in 2012 that all of our sample results met the state water quality standard for contact recreation.

2016 Sewer Spill Report

For the last four years we have compiled and analyzed data from DHEC's sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) database to produce a report on the previous year's sewer spills. In 2016 there were 184 reported sewer spills resulting in more than 2.4 million gallons of sewage spilled in the Congaree Riverkeeper jurisdictional area.

2016 Sewer Spill Summary

November Water Quality Results

At the end of November we conducted water quality sampling at 10 river and stream sites across the Midlands. Three samples collected from urban stream sites were above the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL.

September Water Quality Results

On September 28th and 29th we conducted water quality sampling at 10 sites across the Midlands. We recently increased our sampling frequency to every other month and added a new sample site (Crane Creek). Two of the samples collected in September were above the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL.

July Water Quality Results

On July 26th and 27th we collected water quality samples from seven of our nine sample sites. Two of the samples came back above the state standard for E.coli of 349/100mL.

Saluda River Wastewater Discharges

May Water Quality Monitoring Results

On May 19 - 21 we collected water quality samples at our usual river and stream sites (list, map). Of the nine sites we sampled five had bacteria results that were above the state standard. E coli. is a bacteria that can indicate the presence of pathogens, often related to contaminated stormwater or untreated wastewater, that may cause human health risks.

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.

August Water Quality Results

On August 4th and 5th we conducted another round of water quality sampling.  Nine sites on our rivers and urban streams were sampled for E. coli bacteria.  Only one sample site came back with result above the state standard; Stoops Creek, a tributary to the Lower Saluda River.  Stoops Creek is the site of the Alpine Utilities Wastewater Plant discharge, and also has a history of sewer spills and urban runoff issues.