Spartanburg Water has identified parcels that have pre-existing lawns on Lakes Bowen and Blalock. Permits are no longer being granted to sod the Spartanburg Water property adjacent to the reservoir. Existing lawns that are maintained through mowing may continue until such a point that consistent maintenance ceases to occur.
Once any substantial amount of unchecked growth has occurred, as determined by Spartanburg Water staff, the lawn is considered “natural” and no additional cutting will be permitted on Spartanburg Water property.
The lawns present an impact to water quality in the reservoir and, in order to reduce the impact of runoff from pollutants and nutrients, applications of any chemicals or fertilizers is not allowed on the property adjacent to the reservoir owned by Spartanburg Water. [needs more clarification]. Lawns on Spartanburg Water property have been allowed only “routine lawn maintenance” and that maintenance consists of only mowing and additional activities like re-seeding and placement of straw to temporarily hold the seed. This requires a permit, in advance, from the Watershed staff.