Protecting Rivers

Clean Water

Upstate South Carolina is known for its scenic blueways and award-winning drinking water. However, as population pressure increases in the Upstate, an unprecedented number of individual and industry users are now competing for our valuable water resources. Upstate Forever is working to protect water quality and quantity, ensuring that our streams, rivers, and lakes remain healthy.

Our Clean Water team partners with utility providers, municipalities, and landowners to preserve critical watershed lands and promote best practices for clean water. We also support river recreation through our blueway mapping projects and citizen-led water monitoring through Adopt a Stream. 


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The value of water

We are partnering with local utilities and stakeholders to educate and generate public support for source water protection. 


We partner with water utilities and landowners to improve the health of our rivers by reducing sources of bacteria and nutrients.

Blueway Mapping

View our maps of regional rivers, which offer paddlers of all skill levels an easy way to plan a waterway adventure. 

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Adopt a Stream

Join the team of volunteers who help keep our streams healthy by monitoring water quality. 

Saving Lake Greenwood

Our ongoing campaign to remove and reverse the effects of upstream development on Lake Greenwood.

Twelve Mile River Restoration

Upstate Forever successfully worked to clean up PCBs and enhance and recreation access in the Twelve Mile River.

Stormwater Management Solutions

From working to reduce impervious surfaces to promoting low-impact development, we look for ways to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff.

Photo: Tom Blagden


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