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The Upstate Update: February 2020

February 18th, 2020

The Upstate Update is a digital newsletter curated and shared each month that offers insights into Upstate Forever's recent work, highlights upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and shares other conservation and advocacy news.

We post the Upstate Update here on the Upstate Forever blog each month. If you would like to receive the Upstate Update directly in your email inbox, please sign up for the mailing list.


How will development impact future flooding and water quality?

Every day in the Upstate, 65 acres of land (the equivalent of Greenville's Haywood Mall and its parking lot) are paved over for development. Much of this development is occurring near the Upstate's waterways — whether tiny creeks or major rivers — a trend that could have a major impact on our water quality.

Upstate Forever's Clean Water Director Erika Hollis, as well as Frank Holleman, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, recently shared the potential effects of development on future flooding and water quality in the Upstate with the readers of the Greenville Journal: How will development impact future flooding and water quality?

Read the article

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Also in this month's Upstate Update:

  • Upstate comprehensive plan updates
    The cities of Greenville, Greer, and Spartanburg are all in the process of updating their comprehensive plans, plans that will provide the framework for growth and development in the decades to come. Our Land Planning & Policy team has the latest updates. Read more
  • Why wetlands matter
    In honor of World Wetlands Day on February 2, Clean Water Advocate Megan Chase recently shared the many benefits of this unique ecosystem — and where in the Upstate you can get up close and personal with them — on our blog. Read the blog post
  • Join the Legacy Society
    Touch the lives of others while leaving a lasting legacy. Visit our planned giving website today to learn how to make a planned gift to Upstate Forever's endowment. Your gift will help ensure we are able to continue our work for generations of future Upstate residents. Learn more

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