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February 6, 2015

DHEC Statement: Collaboration Leads to Water Quality Improvement in Portions of the Enoree River Watershed

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Director of Environmental Affairs Elizabeth Dieck issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of improved water quality in portions of the Enoree River watershed.

"DHEC is pleased to announce water quality improvements in portions of the Enoree River watershed as a result of a federal, state, and local partnership. DHEC collected water quality data in the Enoree River watershed at six locations in 2014. All stations show water quality improvements and two locations fully support South Carolina's water quality standards for bacteria.

DHEC's previous monitoring data indicated that several sites on the river and its tributaries were impaired due to fecal coliform bacteria. Using funds received from U.S. EPA, DHEC awarded a grant to Clemson University Extension to reduce the amount of bacteria reaching the river.

Clemson University Extension worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture -Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS); the Spartanburg, Laurens and Union soil and water conservation districts; and the Spartanburg, Laurens and Union Cattlemen's Associations to implement a plan focused on reducing fecal coliform bacteria from animal waste and failing septic systems."

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Cassandra Harris
Public Information Officer