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January 22nd, 2024
On January 2nd, in a vote of 11:1, Greenville County Council passed a text amendment to significantly strengthen protections for riparian buffers in Greenville County. At least a 50' wide riparian buffer is now required for new development along all Waters-of-the-State in unincorporated Greenville County.
This is a signifiant win for Greenville County that has been over a decade in the making, as land development in Greenville County has accelerated throughout this time period, with limited protections in place for our waterways. Upstate Forever and local partners that comprise the Reedy River Water Quality Group (RRWQG) and other clean water advocates have aggressively championed adoption of stronger riparian buffer requirements in Greenville County, and we are thrilled to have this ordinance in place.
As a reminder, riparian buffers are vegetated areas next to streams and rivers that provide protection from the impacts of adjacent land uses. They are considered the last line of defense for water quality and are the most cost-effective and fiscally responsible way to protect Greenville County’s rivers and streams. The benefits associated with increased riparian buffers — including water quality, flood protection, tax revenue, and recreation — far exceed the costs.
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Greenville County seed library
Library card holders in Greenville County have access to 60 varieties of free seeds. As development harms water supply, seed and crop variety in your garden protect soil and water quality. Read more from the Post & Courier
Last year marked our 25th anniversary, and we celebrated many past successes, but we also accomplished so much for land conservation, water quality, and local and state policy in 2023. These are just some of the highlights from the year:
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