Save Our Saluda works to protect and restore water resources in the Upper Saluda Watershed through environmental awareness and citizen action. We strive to educate ourselves and the public about our watershed and river issues. We monitor and identify threats facing the river and its tributaries and seek effective solutions. We advocate for clean and sustainable river flows, riparian protection, and public access to our waters.
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ACTION ALERT - Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee hearing tomorrow! Please act NOW to oppose both S.105 and S.112 and protect the "automatic stay," an important tool for protecting our water resources. In state permitting decisions, if there are concerns leading to the legal appeal of an agency-granted environmental permit, SC law allows an automatic “stay” to go into effect which puts the challenged environmental harm on hold while Administrative Law Courts weigh the merits of the challenged permit. The stay is not a final stoppage; it is merely the ‘pause button’ until a decision is made. This makes sense: why would you allow forward progress on a damaging project while courts determine if the project is allowable? Proponents of this bill would have liked to proceed with environmentally damaging projects such as development, siting of landfills or incinerators, mining operations, filling of wetlands and many others even as the court considered and potentially ultimately overturned the permit, denying it. Unfortunately, we would not be able to undo damage already done at that point. Said another way, you can’t unscramble an egg. We strongly oppose S.105 and S.112. - Sierra Club, SC Chapter
We are excited to announce receipt of a $5,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund to further develop our existing interactive watershed map for the Saluda River Watershed and elevate its exposure in schools as an effective teaching tool for watershed education. Thank you Bosch!!
Thank you for your support in 2016! We have accomplished a lot with very little and have some great things in store for 2017. Please consider a donation/membership to SOS to help our efforts to keep our waters clean and flowing! We are working to get our website up, but until then, please send any donations to SOS, P.O. Box 345, Marietta, SC 29661.
Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center
For Immediate Release: December 27, 2016
Frank Holleman, senior attorney, 864-979-9431 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saluda River is better off today and for centuries to come, thanks to this monumental effort to remove over 3 MILLION tons of coal ash (a typo..not 3 tons) off the banks of the river near Williamston. A special thanks to SOS board member Frank Holleman and SELC for fearless and tireless efforts to eliminate the very significant risk of coal ash pollution from the Saluda and other southeastern rivers!!
Glad they wiped that oily residue off the draft so we can clearly read the final! ;-) http://www.cleanwateraction.org/releases/confirmed-fracking-threatens-drinking-water
Thanks to all who came out to the TR Holiday Market! We had a great time talking to folks about SOS AND we sold out the wreaths!!
Please come out to the Travelers Rest Holiday Market this Saturday at Trailblazer Park from 1-5. SOS will be there again selling wreaths!
The politicization of government science threatens our nation's waters. https://www.marketplace.org/2016/11/29/world/epa-s-late-changes-fracking-study-portray-lower-pollution-risk
Please consider giving to SOS #GivingTuesday…we need your help! Last year we focused on coal ash on the main stem of the Saluda. This year our sights are set on sediment in the North Saluda River and Saluda Lake. We are also working on state level water planning issues, among other things. Our new website is in progress and coming soon. In the meantime, please make checks payable to Save Our Saluda, P.O. Box 345, Marietta, SC 29661. Thank you!!
The Saluda River originates from its headwaters in the South Saluda near Table Rock, the Middle Saluda near Caesar’s Head and Jones Gap, and the North Saluda above Poinsett Reservoir. The three branches join above Saluda Lake and flow downstream to Lake Greenwood.
The Saluda River Watershed Map is an interactive tool for exploring the watershed and river system that allows you to “see” the watershed through digital navigation and activation of various data/information layers.
Click here for instructions and a tutorial video.
The Saluda River and its tributaries offer a range of opportunities for fishing and swimming, with easy, well defined access. Home to one third of all freshwater fish species found in South Carolina, the Saluda also serves as an outdoor classroom, providing unique hands-on ecology lessons for young and old alike.
From Class 1 casual flat water paddling to Class 4 advanced whitewater, the waters of the Saluda are accessible for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding. SOS volunteers help maintain river access areas so everyone can experience the true beauty of the Saluda River firsthand.
With so many well managed trails from Caesar's Head to Jones Gap, the Saluda Watershed is a destination for outstanding hiking and sight-seeing. From a casual stroll in the woods to the rigorous multi-day backpacking adventure, there is something for everyone. Come discover the special places in Saluda River Watershed.