What can I do to help protect the Saluda River?

ü  Engage! Watch for Action Alerts on important issues affecting water quality and our watershed and TAKE ACTION!

ü  Support Save Our Saluda and other local environmental oganizations.

ü  Become a certified stream monitor and adopt a stream through the South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream program.

ü  Plant a riparian buffer along a stream or river using native plants.

ü  Plant native trees on your land or volunteer with Trees Upstate to plant trees.

ü  Stabilize eroding streambanks.

ü  Stabilize eroding driveways and ditches.

ü  Create a rain garden. Learn more through the Carolina Rain Garden Initiative.

ü  Manage your yard wisely by taking these low cost and low maintenance yard actions and reduce lawn area and mowing.

ü  Learn how to best manage your pond HERE and HERE. Become a Master Pond Manager.

ü  Do not use storm drains, streams, or rivers for disposal of yard wastes, soaps, or other chemicals. Only rain down the drain! Learn about illicit discharges and how to report them.

ü  Never flush unwanted or out-of-date medicines down the toilet or drain. Learn about proper medication disposal methods. Click HERE for drop box locations for unwanted or expired medications.

ü  Participate in or organize a litter pick-up. Check out Greenville County’s Litter Ends Here and Pick Up Pickens programs.

ü  Scoop the poop! Pet waste can be a significant source of bacteria to urban waterways.

ü  Wash your car the right way for water quality protection.

ü  Learn about water conservation tips and what you can do to help conserve water.

ü  Support local, state, and national policies that protect water quality and sustainable river flows.


Educational Tools and Materials

Carolina Clear Watershed Lessons

Center for Watershed Protection

Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium Lessons & Activities

Exploring Greenville's Water

Project Wet Resources

South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream Program

Trout in the Classroom

What is a Watershed - video

What is a Watershed - science and kids


Local and Regional Programs and Organizations

Anderson & Pickens Counties Stormwater Partners

City of Greenville Stormwater Program

Congaree Riverkeeper

Conservation Voters of South Carolina

Friends of the Reedy River

Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District Stormwater Education

Greenville County Stormwater and Water Quality Programs

Conestee Nature Preserve

Mountain Bridge Trout Unlimited

Naturaland Trust

Preserving Lake Greenwood

Saluda-Reedy Watershed Consortium

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Southern Environmental Law Center

Upstate Forever


National River and Watershed Protection Organizations

American Rivers

American Whitewater

Clean Water Action


River Network

Waterkeeper Alliance