Watershed stakeholder meeting is Thursday

Staff Report

CLEMSON – Clemson Cooperative Extension and 11 partners have scheduled a stakeholder meeting to discuss the “Twelve Mile, Eighteen Mile and Golden Creek Watershed Based Plan,” which is a grant-funded project targeting bacteria pollution in three major Upstate waterways.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the City of Clemson Council Chambers, 1250 Tiger Blvd.

Through a combination of on-site visits, spatial data analysis and laboratory research, the plan’s developers have been studying ways to better understand and improve the water quality of the well-known creeks, all of which have been found by SC Department of Health and Environmental Control to be impaired.

“We all want better quality water resources,” said Cal Sawyer, associate director of the Center for Watershed Excellence at Clemson University. “By attending and actively participating in the upcoming public meeting, local citizens can help improve the accuracy of the information we’ve compiled and engage in the process of solving the persistent pollution problems in the affected watersheds.”

The agenda will include an overview of the watershed plan and a question and answer session. Refreshments will be provided.

The Twelve Mile, Eighteen Mile and Golden Creek watersheds, which eventually drain into Lake Hartwell, comprise more than 69,000 acres in the Piedmont area of South Carolina. Development of the plan began in September 2015. Once approved by DHEC, the plan will be eligible for additional federal and state funding to carry out the activities contained within.

For a list of partners involved in the project along with other information, visit the Clemson Area 319 Watershed Project website.

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