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After completing a watershed-based plan, Upstate Forever works to secure funding from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) that address pollutants of concern, such as bacteria, nutrients, and sediment in watersheds with drinking water intakes.
Bacteria, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment are all pollutants of concern, especially in watersheds with drinking water intakes. Elevated levels of these pollutants can negatively affect water quality by impacting aquatic habitats, filling in lakes, causing increased (and more costly) water-filtration needs, and can even affect recreation from a human-health standpoint. Improving water quality through on-the-ground projects ensures safe, affordable, and reliable drinking water and water we all love to recreate in.
Homeowners that live within watersheds with approved 319 Grants are eligible for cost-share assistance for projects such as septic tank repairs, agricultural projects like drip irrigation and livestock fencing, and even land protection with conservation easements. Based on eligibility, Upstate Forever can provide up to 60% of the cost of projects!
Upstate Forever has secured funding in the following watersheds: