Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
- DHEC and the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence are partnering to form the South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream (SCAAS) program.
The SCAAS program, which will mirror the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream (GAAAS) program, will promote and expand existing South Carolina volunteer stream monitoring efforts by providing volunteer monitors with a website for information, a database to maintain water quality monitoring data, training classes and materials, and other useful resources. Many volunteer organizations in South Carolina have already been using the Georgia program to monitor and record water quality in the streams and rivers around the Palmetto State.
- The City of Greenville has begun a restoration project on Reedy Falls.
The stream bank restoration project is expected to take a week. Boulders are being placed along the Reedy River bank to help prevent erosion and create a safer slope between the river and sidewalk.
- DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services awarded Bamberg County a $14,644 mosquito control grant.
The grant provides funds to purchase additional insecticides and improved spraying equipment as well as to help pay for training in effective mosquito control procedures.