What potential pollutants are in the Reedy River, and how can Greenvillians help impact water quality? Let’s get into it.
There is a little-known section of the Clean Water Act called 5(r), which outlines a “bottom-up” approach to clean our rivers and lakes. This process encourages local involvement and citizen action to reduce pollutants in water. For the Reedy River, the primary aim is to reduce nutrient levels like nitrogen and phosphorus.
Here’s where the Reedy River Water Quality Group comes in. Their mission: To protect, preserve, and improve water quality in the Reedy River. Formed in 2015, this group has become a national leader in water quality restoration by working with the public to reduce the amount of pollutants flowing into the river.
Here are five issues the group is focused on right now — and how locals can help:
- Storm drains: All storm drains lead directly to the river. The water (and anything on the ground that water picks up) isn’t filtered before entering the river. Here are some ways to prevent harmful runoff.
- Riparian buffers: These act as filters along waterways and can help improve water quality and stabilize river banks. Here’s how to protect them.
- Car washing: For those who prefer to wash their own car, doing so on porous surfaces, like lawns, can help filter pollution from soaps. Rather go to a car wash? Look for one that recycles water.
- Fertilizer use: Improper application (think: amount and timing) of fertilizers can have a negative impact on water quality. Here are a few best practices.
- Sanitary sewer overflows: These can be caused by clogs from fats, oils, and grease dumped down the sink, as well as items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.
Everyone can make a contribution to water quality in the Reedy — and other waterways — by committing to practices that reduce pollution.