Click on the questions below to see the answers:

  • Why can’t I have a sea wall?

    Spartanburg Water supports shoreline stabilization where it is appropriate. Most of the time shoreline stabilization efforts require a small impact to the lake and can be achieved by the guidance we have posted on our website. In rare occasions, a hard surface wall may be the best choice and will continue to be allowed for stabilizing the shoreline.

    Existing seawalls that are well-established with minimal wear and efficient protective capabilities may remain in place as they are until such a time that they prove a threat to water quality and/or recreational users.

  • Why does it take so long to get a shoreline stabilization permit?

    The selection of proper shoreline stabilization strategy will require an evaluation. In situations where plants are the best method for stabilizing, the selection and installation of the plant material is critical. In other instances, where a hard armament would be more effective, consideration must be given to the structural aspects of a sea wall.  

    Please  remember that Spartanburg Water is allowing the adjacent property owner to place a structure that will last many years on its property. Careful consideration and design of the type of shoreline stabilization appropriate for conditions documented at the property may take some time to complete prior to the permit being authorized.  

  • Why do I need to plant bushes along my sea wall?

    The addition of shrubs and other plants along a sea wall is one of the most effective methods of shoreline stabilization. The vegetated buffer also protects the reservoirs from runoff that could affect water quality in the reservoirs.  

    In some instances, the use of a “soft armament” or plants instead of a sea wall will be the most effective method for protection around the reservoirs. This technique keeps costs relatively low and allows nature to heal itself with the planting of appropriate vegetation. The Watershed staff will work with adjacent homeowners to determine the best shoreline stabilization method depending on the property slope and other factors. Guidance on shore stabilization methods may be found here.

  • Why does it take so long to get a shoreline stabilization permit?

    The selection of proper shoreline stabilization strategy will require an evaluation. In situations where plants are the best method for stabilizing, the selection and installation of the plant material is critical.   In other instances, where a hard armament would be more effective, consideration must be given to the structural aspects of a sea wall.  

    Please  remember that Spartanburg Water is allowing the adjacent property owner to place a structure that will last many years on its property. Careful consideration and design of the type of shoreline stabilization appropriate for conditions documented at the property may take some time to complete prior to the permit being authorized.