Whether you live in a big city or a small town, whether you live in the mountains or by the beach, every drop of water that you use drains either above or beneath the land on its way to a common body of water such as a river, a lake or an ocean.

The area of land that drains into that common body of water is called a watershed.

And since everyone lives in a watershed, it’s important to understand how watersheds function and how our actions affect the quality of the water we all share. Our actions upstream directly impact those who live downstream.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has a new tool, its SC Watershed Atlas. Click here for more information.

Watershed Stewardship Opportunities

Spartanburg Water presents topics on watersheds, water conservation, water quality and how to avoid watershed pollution to school and community groups. If requested, a Spartanburg Water representative can bring the Enviroscape watershed model to show how watersheds function and how pollution can be distributed within one.

Spartanburg Water, in conjunction with Clemson Cooperative Extension Service, offers the Pontoon Classroom. The Pontoon Classroom includes a guided lake tour and teaches students about the history and use of Lake Bowen, water safety, water conservation and watershed issues. Other activities involve teaching students how to take water samples and how to test for water quality.

Outreach Organizations

Spartanburg Water is proud to partner with a number of outreach organizations including Hatcher Gardens, the Spartanburg Science Center and the Watershed Ecology Center.

Watershed Ecology Center

The Watershed Ecology Center's mission is to collect, analyze and disseminate sound scientific information on the ecology of the region. Special emphasis is placed on watershed conservation, education, water quality and the study of organisms living in the area encompassed by a watershed.The Center serves as a repository for regional ecological information, providing education and research assistance to individuals, communities, local schools and governmental organizations. The WEC is also dedicated to providing research opportunities for the faculty and students at the University of South Carolina Upstate and other regional institutions. Watershed Ecology Center

In addition, a number of other watershed stewardship groups are located in Spartanburg County, including:

Nature ConservancyNature Conservancy
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Spartanburg Community Indicators ProjectSpartanburg Community Indicators Project
"The Spartanburg Community Indicators Project reports on progress of key issues that are the clearest indicators of quality of life in the County of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Its goal is to report on data and community initiatives to inspire dialogue and strategy that leads to change within the community.” Spartanburg Community Indicators Project

For questions, please contact K.C. Price at (864) 598-7251 or by email at kprice@spartanburgwater.org.