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What’s really polluting the Reedy?

Actions both big and small have a profound effect on the health of the Reedy River — here’s how locals can help protect water quality.

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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:

Everyone can make a contribution to water quality in the Reedy — and other waterways — by committing to practices that reduce pollution.

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