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  • Why can’t I lay sod all the way to the water?

    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.

  • What is the difference in Spartanburg Water allowing my neighbor to cut grass on their property and not allowing me to remove ugly underbrush? Why can they do it and I cannot?

    There are some parcels around both the Bowen and Blalock drinking water reservoirs that have an established lawn across Spartanburg Water property from their property to lake edge. Removing natural vegetation has eliminated the benefit of filtering the runoff into the drinking water reservoirs and this practice is no longer permitted. Our comprehensive water monitoring program provides data on the impacts these large lawns create.  

    It is the current practice of Spartanburg Water to allow the established lawns to remain. However, when an established lawn on Spartanburg Water property is not maintained by the adjacent homeowner, as determined by the Watershed staff, then the property reverts back to a natural buffer area and a lawn may not be re-established.