How Upstate Forever is responding to COVID-19

Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.

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Healthy Rivers

Protecting Our Drinking Water

Tyger Implementation Grant

After completing a watershed-based plan for the South, Middle, and North Tyger River watersheds, Upstate Forever has secured funding from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) that address bacteria, nutrients, and sediment in the watersheds. 

Why?

Bacteria, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment are all pollutants of concern in the S/M/N Tyger River watersheds. Elevated levels of these pollutants can negatively affect water quality by impacting aquatic habitats, filling in lakes, causing increased (and more costly) water-filtration needs, and can even affect recreation from a human-health standpoint. Improving water quality through on-the-ground projects ensures safe, affordable, and reliable drinking water and water we all love to recreate in. 

How does it work?

Homeowners that live within the S/M/N Tyger River watersheds are eligible for cost-share assistance for projects such as septic tank repairs, agricultural projects like drip irrigation and livestock fencing, and even land protection with conservation easements. Based on eligibility, Upstate Forever can provide up to 60% of the cost of projects!

find out if you are eligible:

  1. Use the map below to determine if your home is located within our project boundary
  2. Contact us if you are interested in learning more!

 

Contact: Erika Hollis at ehollis@upstateforever.org or 864-250-0500 ext. 17

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