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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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

The Water Log: May 2023 - May 3rd, 2023

Land and water are critically connected. In this month's Water Log, learn about how our Land Conservation and Clean Water programs work together to protect and enhance water quality through land protection. read more

By Erika Hollis

The Water Log: March 2023 - March 30th, 2023

Happy Spring! As you tend to the health of your lawns, plants, and trees this season, you might also want to consider if the streams on your property or nearby are healthy, too. This month's Water Log helps you identify healthy and unhealthy streams and provides suggestions for how to address those that are unhealthy. read more

By Erika Hollis

The Water Log: February 2023 - February 17th, 2023

Happy New Year from the Clean Water Team! See what legislation we are prioritizing this year for clean water conservation and learn about several great events happening February - April. read more

By Erika Hollis

The Water Log: December 2022 - December 16th, 2022

This year has flown by! Check out some of our proudest Clean Water accomplishments from the year. We never could have done it without your support! read more

By Erika Hollis

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