Clean Water Act

Congaree Riverkeeper Wins Federal Lawsuit Against Carolina Water Service

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.

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.

Lower Richland Sewer Project

Over the last month Richland County has held several public meetings to discuss their plans to expand sewer service to the lower portion of the county.  This plan, which will be funded primarily through a grant and loan from the USDA’s Rural Development Program, is an important step in addressing failing wastewater infrastructure and improving water quality in Lower Richland.

2014 List of Impaired Waters

Every two years the Clean Water Act, specifically section 303(d), requires states to develop a list of waterbodies that don’t meet water quality standards. The list is developed primarily from DHEC’s water quality sampling 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.

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

City of Columbia to Consider Proposed Consent Decree

On Tuesday (8/13/13) Columbia City Council will take the first vote to authorize the execution of a proposed consent decree with the EPA, DHEC and US Department of Justice.  This consent decree addresses alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and the South Carolina Pollution Control Act associated with the City’s wastewater collection and treatment system, including numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and NPDES Permit violations.  The original notice of violation was issued by the EPA in 2009 and the agencies have been negotiating with the City since 2010.