SOS is working in cooperation with Naturaland Trust and other partners to develop a demonstration site for agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to control sediment runoff and improve infiltration and soil health in floodplain croplands. The future extension of the Swamp Rabbit Trail bisects the site, situated near Slater-Marietta on the North Saluda River.

 crops grown using best management practices  aerial view


BMPs installed during the first phase of work included:

  • 1,500-foot riparian buffer of native trees, shrubs, and perennial pollinator plants along Railroad Creek, a tributary to the North Saluda River
  • 1,300 feet of rock access roads
  • Sediment basins at drainage ditch outfalls
  • A 600-foot grass swale in primary drainage ditch between the new rock access roads
  • Fall and summer cover crops
“The North Saluda River is an important source of drinking water but is also one of the cradles of locally-sourced food for the Upstate. As our region continues to grow, we will need further access to clean water and healthy local food.” - Mac Stone, Executive Director, Naturaland Trust



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Volunteers planted 300 native hardwoods along 1,500 feet next to Railroad Creek, a tributary to the North Saluda River, to enhance the riparian bufffer.


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 Over 400 live stakes were planted in wetland areas to create a live stake "nursery" for future streambank stabilization projects.


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Newly installed rock access roads surrounding a ditch where a grass swale will be established.


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The new grass swale helps filter sediment from runoff to the river.                 Swale/ditch before.


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A cover crop was planted after crops were harvested to help hold soil in place and improve soil health. The sediment ponds catch and filter runoff.


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Fall pollinators blooming in the newly enhanced riparian area next to the creek.


Want to volunteer? Please click here for more info. We are also seeking donations for ongoing maintenance needs.

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