We are fortunate in Upstate South Carolina that most of us have access to plenty of clean drinking water whenever we need it.
And yet, in this part of the world, in an era of modern convenience, it’s all too easy to take clean water for granted. It's easy to forget the value of water and the immense role it plays in our daily lives. As our region grows, it’s more important than ever to recognize the tremendous value of water — and to fight to protect it.
Upstate Forever works with landowners, utilities, developers, and other local leaders to protect critical land for water quality, such as headwater streams and watershed lands. We also advocate at the local, state, and federal levels to advance policies that protect our drinking water, as well as the places we love to fish, hunt, swim, and explore.
How you can help
- Take our five-minute Value of Water survey — It will help our Clean Water team understand community perspectives, and you'll be entered to win some great prizes!
- Monitor your local waterways by becoming a citizen scientist through SC’s Adopt-a-Stream program or by keeping a log of what’s happening in your local creek, river, wetland, or lake.
- Tell your state and local representatives that water and land protection matters to your community: Consider writing them a letter, sending an email, or picking up the phone to make your voice heard.
- Pay attention to other local city and county council issues and participate when you can. Remember, many policies governing how we manage land, construction, and transportation can impact our local waterways. Sign up for our e-newsletters with updates and alerts related to Greenville and Spartanburg growth issues here.
- Be on the lookout for alerts from UF and our partner organizations. Follow us on social media and sign up for our water issues e-newsletter, The Water Log.
- Support increased funding for land protection. Land protection is the most cost-effective way to protect water quality. According to a study by the Trust for Public Land, every $1 spent on land protection saves $27 on water treatment costs, because it keeps our waters clean, naturally, without the need for costly infrastructure upgrades. That's a great return — on any investment.
Photo by Tom Blagden