U.S. Forest Service
Today is the World Water Day. But water conservation counts every day of the year!
Listen to Brad Wyche talk about the Conservation Bank and its value to our state. These funds have been used to protect lands in the South, Middle, and North Saluda watersheds. Please e-mail or call your legislator to express your support for this important conservation program.
Click here to take action now!
The Palmetto Land + Water Legacy Alliance has been established with only one mission - to reauthorize the South Carolina Conservation Bank. The Conservation Bank was established in 2002 in recognition of the environmental and economic values of conservation and since then has protected close to 300,000 acres of “very special places in our great state”. The Conservation Bank will go out of business on June 30, 2018 unless the General Assembly reauthorizes a new bill.
Brad Wyche from Upstate Forever talks about the issue here. Check out their website - www.PalmettoLandWater.com - or their Facebook page to sign up for their eNews.
New kayak launch facility opens in Pelzer
A ribbon cutting signified the opening of the new Timmerman Jr. Kayak Launch Facility, which gives access to the Saluda River to everyone, including disabled paddlers.
Please see the previous post and click here to contact your representative...it's easy and only takes a few minutes! Tell them you support continued funding for the Conservation Bank.
Please watch and contact your legislators. Funding for the Conservation Bank is in jeopardy!
The Conservation Bank has made it possible to protect the watershed and headwaters of the South Saluda River, including the Old Camp Spearhead site, lands along Highway 11, and beautiful mountain properties adjoining the Ashmore Heritage Trust Preserve – which are open for public use and trout fishing.
The Bank has provided funding for protecting one of the gems of the Middle Saluda watershed, Green Mountain, one of the most botanically rich sites in the area.
The Bank helped fund protection of agricultural lands in the watershed of the North Saluda, which preserves the access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail into Marietta and also will help protect the waters of the North Saluda.
The Bank is helping to protect forested mountain lands that include the headwaters of the Oolenoy River in Pickens County.
Palmetto Land + Water Legacy Alliance
Learn about beautiful Asbury Hills, protected through a partnership with the endangered SC Conservation Bank.
We need your help ensure the Bank is reauthorized. Please sign up for action alerts at http://p2a.co/Le0YBWt
Click and learn about source water protection!
Clean Water Action
Check out this great interactive infographic on what we need to do to protect drinking water at it's source. #PutDrinkingWaterFirst
Save Our Saluda is working to address agricultural runoff in our watershed. Stay tuned for details!
Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations
Many of America's farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.
Exotic invasive species often spread via our streams and rivers. Learn which ones are common in our watershed in the link below.
Lake Conestee Nature Park
INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE Plants! Yep, we've got 'em in abundance at LCNP, and we do invest far too much time in trying to keep then from taking over our world, especially kudzu, Callery pears (Bradfords), and Chinese privet. Many came from well-intentioned backyard gardeners, and others continue to be sold at commercial nurseries. Some were put on our 400+ acres intentionally, others washed down the river from the 65 sq.mi. of the Reedy River watershed upstream, others were brought in by birds, or accidents of human activities. Some are more noxious, aggressive, and invasive than others, but all displace and out-compete native plants. Problem: it would be cost-prohibitive to try and eliminate all, but we try where it makes sense, e.g. with Callery Pear, which we've killed thousands of over the last 10 years, and kudzu where we can keep up with it. Here is a good link to further your knowledge. We have most of these scattered about LCNP, and probably have all 16 in the article. DLH-170304
SOS will be there with live demonstrations of watershed runoff and aquatic macroinvertebrates...come find us!
Imagine Upstate STEAM Festival
Bring the kids and join thousands across the Upstate at hands-on exhibits! Drones, robots and much more!
In and out of the classroom, students are hungry for MORE, and it is our responsibility to provide every child with the opportunity to succeed in school and in their careers. iMAGINE Upstate was created to help bring STEAM experiences and STEM education into the community.
The iMAGINE Upstate festival is a 10-day festival held annually across the upstate region of South Carolina. Our signature event is the iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Fest, which will be held on April 1, 2017 in the West End of downtown Greenville! STEAM Fest is your day to see what STEM careers in South Carolina are all about!
Southern Environmental Law Center
The President's Executive Order to revisit the Clean Water Rule puts communities' drinking water at risk. http://selc.link/2m9Oo0H #ProtectCleanWater
If you care about native landscapes, please don't buy these plants!
Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District
Volunteers needed for 2017 South Carolina CoCoRaHS
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is in need of volunteers to take precipitation measurements throughout South Carolina.
CoCoRaHS is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers of all ages who work together to measure and map precipitation for natural resource, education, and research applications. Volunteers use low-cost measurement tools and an interactive website to report data that will be used by the SCDNR State Climatology office, National Weather Service, USDA, emergency managers, and multiple other entities and individuals.
During the 31 days of March, states across the country compete to see who can recruit the most CoCoRaHS volunteers. The contest is broken down into two categories, Traditional Count and Per Capita, and the winning states receive cups they can exhibit for a year.
Join CoCoRaHS today, aid South Carolina in obtaining a trophy, and help to fill in a piece of the weather puzzle!
For questions regarding CoCoRaHS, contact SCDNR State Climatologist Hope Mizzell at MizzellH@dnr.sc.gov.
Conservation Voters of South Carolina
CVSC is happy to announce the 2017 Take Action Tour! These events are designed to give you the tools, information, and support you need to fight for the air, land, and water you love. Find a location near you and RSVP http://p2a.co/DTnwWXu
Greenville County has a new Litter Prevention Program. You can now report litter problem areas more easily. There's also a new Adopt a Spot program, in addition to Adopt a Road. Please consider adopting a road or spot in your area. We need more hands on deck to address this growing problem. Less trash on our roads and bridges means less trash in our rivers!
County of Greenville, SC
Click to download our Litter Tracker app to report litterbugs, illegal dumpsites and identify areas in our county that need attention.
Friends of the Reedy River
Fun Fact Friday: The Reedy River is a tributary of the Saluda River and a part of the Saluda River Basin in South Carolina.
The Lee Steam Plant on the Saluda River near Williamston was retired in 2014 and is being replaced by a natural gas plant.
Coastal Conservation League
"There is room in South Carolina for new buildings and roads and a healthy environment. Proposed changes to the law will only make it a little quicker for developers to start digging in the wrong places, and a lot more difficult for ordinary people to do anything about it."
Ask your SC Senator & Representative to support the automatic stay >> http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php
Please see this important action alert to save the automatic stay which is currently in place and working to protect our state's natural resources from harmful development practices.
There are two bills making their way through the South Carolina State House right now that would eliminate the automatic stay, a critical tool for protecting our environment, our communities and individual property.
Don't let polluters and a handful of short-sighted legislators make it harder for citizens to protect their communities and challenge bad government decisions.
They will be voting on this tomorrow so contact your State Senator and Representative NOW and tell them to OPPOSE S.105 & H.3565 and Save the Automatic Stay.
Lake Conestee Nature Park
River Otters at LCNP. We don't see them every day or every week, but when we do it is always amazing. Attached is a series of shots that one of our fabulously talented photographers, Jo Anne Keasler got this week of an otter having a little breakfast, in the form of a green sunfish. They are most often observed in the West Bay, or the East Bay, occasionally in the Crescent Slough or the South Bay. Learn more about River Otters at the link below. DLH-170219