The Lower Saluda Coalition has launched water-quality monitoring program for the Lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers to encourage the safe recreational use of the rivers. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is one of about 20 participants in the Lower Saluda River Coalition, which is made up of river-related businesses, environmental groups, local and state government, property owners, industry, utilities and other users of the rivers.
One of the coalition’s main purposes to educate the public on issues related to the lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers. An initial objective is to make water quality information more frequently and readily available to river users. The program website features maps of the river to present swimming advisories based on results of weekly monitoring of bacteria levels in the river compared to state standards for water quality.
The monitoring program will run through September, and in future years it will start earlier to run from May through September. The program involves eight monitoring locations that will be sampled weekly and results from the sampling will be posted on the website the next day.