Agricultural 319 Grant to Protect Water Quality in the North Saluda River and Saluda Lake

Save Our Saluda (SOS) is pleased to announce a grant award of $533,000 from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and partnering organizations to protect water quality in the North Saluda River and Saluda Lake. The grant will allow SOS to work with local farmers and landowners in designated watershed areas to develop and implement projects aimed at reducing sediment runoff to the North Saluda River and Saluda Lake.

Saluda Lake and contributing rivers in the Upper Saluda River Watershed are vital water resources for local communities in the Upstate of South Carolina. Saluda Lake provides drinking water to the greater Easley area, serving a total population of 80,000 to 100,000 people. The North Saluda River and Saluda Lake support business and industry and provide recreational opportunities to thousands of Upstate residents and visitors. The river and lake are impaired due to turbidity, bacteria, and the inability to adequately support aquatic life. This program has the potential to address these impairments by reducing the sediment loading by an estimated 610 tons per year.

The North Saluda River and Saluda Lake Agricultural Implementation Project will provide up to 90% cost share assistance to farmers and landowners within the watershed to help fund the installation of various Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce sediment and improve water quality, including:

  • Cover Crops
  • Intercropping
  • Field Borders/ Filter Strips
  • Vegetated Riparian Buffers
  • Culvert/Ditch/Farm Access Road Stabilization
  • Sediment Control Basins
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Stream Crossings
  • Livestock Exclusion (fencing) with Alternate Water Source
  • Heavy Use Area Stabilization

Participation in this project is voluntary and based on eligibility. To determine whether your property is in the North Saluda River – Saluda Lake Watershed, please refer to the map below or go to our online interactive map and follow these directions: 1) turn on Project Areas data layer by clicking the small box in the legend, and 2) enter your address in the Address Search box in upper right and click enter. 

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 Funding for this cooperative project was provided in part by the SCDHEC with funds from

the United States Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act and through additional partner support. 


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