A variety of stakeholders have come together to start an enhanced water quality monitoring program for the Lower Saluda Scenic River during the peak recreational season. DHEC is a key stakeholder in the group, whose goal is to encourage safe recreational use of the river.
Weekly water quality testing has begun and data will be available at howsmyscriver.org/saluda in the near future. The enhanced monitoring will provide more timely interventions as well as ultimately better protection of the river.
The Lower Saluda River Coalition is made up of river-related businesses, environmental groups, local and state government, property owners, industry and other users of the river.
One of the main purposes of the coalition is to ensure the safety of individuals recreating on the rivers and to educate the public on issues related to natural waters.
The first objective is to make water quality information more frequently and readily available to river users so they can make informed decisions on when to recreate in the river. This is the first program of its type for inland waters. DHEC also has a robust beach monitoring program.
The enhanced monitoring program for the Lower Saluda will run from June to September this year and May through September in future years. It involves eight monitoring locations that will be sampled weekly. The first sampling event was June 21. Results from the sampling will be on the website soon.