River conservation is my passion. Over the years I have worked to align my education, career and volunteer paths towards water resource management and protection. I enjoy meeting and working with those who share the same desire to protect our rivers and strive to educate and empower others to do the same.
When my family moved out to the North Saluda River several years ago, I never imagined I would be presiding over a watershed group whose mission is to protect it. I am committed to raising awareness of the value of our local rivers and the need for sustainable land management and conservation for long-term watershed protection.
I hope you will join me in supporting the goal of restoring and maintaining the health and integrity of our waters to ensure they are fishable and swimmable with sustainable flows for future generations. The Saluda River and its tributaries provide drinking water to a number of Upstate communities and support local business and industry in one of the most rapidly growing areas of the country. Our local rivers and lakes offer a variety of recreational opportunities and support a diversity of aquatic life, including trout in headwater areas. For these and many other reasons, the Saluda is worth saving.
Melanie Ruhlman is a water resources specialist with over 20 years of professional experience, including work in industry, government, and private consulting. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University and master’s degree in Forest Hydrology from the University of Georgia.
Melanie’s areas of expertise include watershed assessment and planning, stormwater management, watershed hydrology, water quality, erosion and sediment control, stream surveys, soils, wetlands, public outreach and education, and technical writing. She lives on the North Saluda River in Marietta, South Carolina with her husband and two children and enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, and gardening.