Spartanburg Water, SCDNR finalize agreement to work together on lake health efforts

October 23, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Spartanburg Water have developed the final arrangements of a partnership that will ensure the proper investments necessary to ensure the drinking water reservoirs are appropriately managed and allow us to continue providing quality recreational opportunities for the public and protect natural resources.

This partnership furthers the commitment between SCDNR and Spartanburg Water to improve communications and establish processes to reduce the chance of future fish mortalities when algaecide applications are made.

Spartanburg Water will provide the replacement cost of the fish, as well as any SCDNR staff time in the management of the fish loss investigation, at a total of $110,357.08.

SCDNR will use the above-mentioned monies to fund a research study to assess restocking needs and those efforts on Lake Bowen and Municipal Reservoir Number 1. SCDNR will also use the monies to restock the two lakes with the appropriate species, size and quantity as the study determines. 

SCDNR began a fish restocking study last month. During this assessment phase, SCDNR staff is evaluating a variety of factors to determine how many fish will be added back to the lakes, in addition to a timeline.

“Fish restocking is both an art and a science: It is a search for ecological balance in a variety of elements, including the amount of fish that are reintroduced, and finding the best time to create success,” a joint statement reads. “The current population in both lakes has changed since the event and will continue to regenerate, so our study will provide us the data to determine our next steps.”

“Spartanburg Water is saddened by this tragic loss of fish and is doing everything that we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We have revised the protocols we employ in subsequent applications of algaecide, which has resulted in the safe reduction of algae in the reservoirs without fish loss. We recognize the importance of working together and will continue our partnership with SCDNR for the good the community.” Sue G. Schneider

“While no one expected this event to occur, we are glad that we can work together to restore aquatic resources in Spartanburg County,” said Ross Self, SCDNR’s Chief of Fisheries.