The Water Log

Water is our planet's most precious natural resource, and Upstate Forever is working to safeguard both the quantity and quality of water in our region. Our Clean Water team sends out a periodic newsletter dedicated to clean water issues and advocacy, archived below.

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The Water Log: Spring 2024 - March 18th, 2024

Spring has arrived, but winter storms and droughts are still on our mind. So we want to explain some of the variable climate patters we've observed over winter and what they mean for local water quality and quantity. read more

By Erika Hollis

Legislative Updates 2024: January 22 - 26 - January 30th, 2024

In this week's news from the Statehouse, the Working Agricultural Lands Preservation Bill will be taken up by the full Senate this coming week, there is a new bill to increase polluter accountability, and we explain conservation budgets and how four state agencies are playing a role in land protection. And don't forget to join us for the Annual Conservation Lobby Day on February 6th! read more

By Megan Chase-Muller

The Water Log: December 2023 - December 18th, 2023

The year is coming to a close, and the Clean Water team shares their successes in this month's Water Log. See how Phase 1 of the Three & Twenty Creek project unfolded, how our team is participating in the the SC Water Plan, and the funding we've received to develop a Watershed-Based Plan for the Rocky River Watershed. read more

By Erika Hollis

The Water Log: November 2023 - November 29th, 2023

Check out the November edition of the Water Log to see updates on recent events we've attended and to learn about how to avoid F.O.G. (fats, oils, and grease) pollution this holiday season. read more

By Erika Hollis

How are PFAS impacting South Carolina's waters? - September 20th, 2023

UF's Clean Water Director Erika Hollis discusses the manmade chemicals called PFAS (Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances) and why they exist at unsafe levels in our waterways. Learn about how these forever chemicals get into our waterways and what the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is doing for residents with private wells. read more

By Erika Hollis

Exciting updates about the Tyger River Confluence Blueway and Park Project - August 22nd, 2023

The Tyger River Confluence Blueway and Park project is a transformative conservation and outdoor recreation project in Spartanburg County. A master plan for this community driven initiative is currently underway. read more

By Erika Hollis

Here's what the Sackett v EPA ruling could mean for the Upstate - July 14th, 2023

The Supreme Court of the United States made a catastrophic decision against US waterways with their ruling in the Sackett v. EPA case. The unequivocal blow was made on May 25th and rolls back decades of efforts to restore and maintain the integrity of the nation's waters. Many wetlands are no longer federally protected and our waterways are now vulnerable to pollution and harmful development. Learn more about what this means for the Upstate. read more

By Erika Hollis

The Water Log: June 2023 - June 13th, 2023

The June edition of the Water Log shares the exciting recent updates regarding the Restore Chattooga River Gorge Initiative. The University of Georgia has completed its report on the lower Chattooga River before the Tugalo Dam, and we know know much more about the conservation values of this National Wild and Scenic River. Read more to find out about the findings and next steps. read more

By Erika Hollis

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