Protecting Land & Water | Advocacy | Balanced Growth
May 15th is the 15th Annual Endangered Species Day
As we begin to spend more time outside, take notice of the streams, seeps, and wetlands that feed the major waterways in your watershed and help contribute to clean drinking water. These places also provide essential habitat for many of our state's rare and endangered species, like this Bunched Arrowhead, Sagittaria fasciculata. SCDNR's Natural Heritage Program tracks these species and provides a fantastic resource of threatened and endangered species lists in your area. Search for species in your county here.

Recently while walking in the Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve in Travelers Rest, I found this little guy flowering in its sensitive piedmont seep ecosystem, and was grateful for the protection it was given by SCDNR's Heritage Program and its partners.
Stay safe and be well,
Megan Chase
Clean Water Advocate, Upstate Forever
Will South Carolina have enough water in 20 years?
Join us for the next episode in the Conservation Coalition webinar series
Tuesday, May 19
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Speakers include: 
Bill Stangler, Congaree Riverkeeper
Megan Chase, Upstate Forever
Scott Harder, SCDNR Hydrologist

The next webinar in the series will focus on water use in South Carolina and how our state is planning to ensure we have enough water in the future by updating the State Water Plan . SCDNR is working with stakeholders from across the state to ensure that adequate and reliable water supplies are available for our homes, businesses, farms, and ecosystems for the next 50 years.

Join me and Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler as we discuss how our new State Water Plan will focus on regional water needs, and how you can get involved. We will be joined by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Hydrologist Scott Harder, who will discuss where we are in the process and next steps for plan implementation in the eight river basins, with time for Q&A.

The Value of Water

What is the inherent value of clean, reliable drinking water? What are the risks of neglecting water as an important natural resource?

Over the next few months, UF’s Clean Water team will be working with drinking water utilities to assess household water use and our understanding of the true value of water .
Take our 5-minute survey for a chance to win!
We want your perspective on the value of water! Take our brief online survey & be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card, an Upstate Forever 16oz Nalgene® bottle & an Upstate Forever "Be the Upstate" t-shirt.

We'll announce results of the drawing on June 5th.
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I would love to hear from you! Feel free to send me your water-related questions at mchase@upstateforever.org .

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Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina.  Over the past two decades, we have worked to protect the natural assets that make the Upstate so special — our farmlands, forests, natural areas, rivers, and clean air. We are committed to ensuring that our communities are vibrant and retain their green spaces, outdoor heritage, and unique identities in the face of rapid development and significant sprawl. Our vision is an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous Upstate that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations.

For more information, visit our website at upstateforever.org or send us an email .