Educational Materials

Learn about the Saluda River Basin watershed that feeds into Lake Greenwood and what you can do to prevent Nonpoint Source Pollution.

If one plastic water bottle made it into the sea, how long would it take to fully decompose?  Tkae a quick peak - you'll be surprised by how long it takes common litter and trash to break down and fully decompose.  Help keep these items out of Lake Greenwood.

Boaters can have a large, positive impact on Lake Greenwood by stopping aquatic hitchhikers, preventing trash, spotting and reporting problems, and taking care of public boat access ramps.

Anglers can have a large positive impact on Lake Greenwood by stopping aquatic hitchhikers, preventing trash, spotting and reporting problems, and take care of public boat access ramps.

This environmental outreach activity book created by SC DHEC is a fun way for elementary school students to learn about water quality and conservation, recycling, composting, clean air, fishing, and more.

Water for You and Me is designed for use by early childhood educators, parents, grandparents and anyone else who wants to help young children understand the importance of water to life as well as water’s use in keeping people healthy. 

In this whole-body activity, students investigate how water moves through a watershed and learn

how individual decisions affect the health of that watershed.

Learn about Rain Gardens and their potential to protect local water quality.  This guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to design, build, plant, and maintain a residential rain garden.

No matter where you live within our watershed basin, you can have an impact on water quality.  Learn some simple things you can do to be part of the solution.

Review actions you can take to help protect Lake Greenwood - our lake, our future.

Stop invasive species in your wake.  The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers campaign empowers recreational users to stop the transport and spread of harmful aquatic species.

We can all help protect rivers and streams in our community by learning about the problems that affect them and possible solutions to those problems.

View a map of the Saluda Basin Watershed to understand how large the area is that impact water quality in Lake Greenwood.

These eco friendly recipes, provided in an article from,  help you maintain a clean home while also protecting the environment.  Additional resources and commercial product information are also included.

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In the News...

January 04, 2020

South Carolina requires residents to renew their vehicle registrations every two years, and now resident boat owners are in the same boat — minus a year.  On Wednesday, the state Department of Natural Resources began requiring boat owners to register their boats annually, rather than every three years. The cost of registration has not changed, but boat owners have to pay $10 annually instead of paying $30 to cover three years of registration...

January 02, 2020

Duke energy, state regulators, environmental and community groups have reached a massive settlement agreement requiring that most  of the utility's submerged coal ash be disposed of in lined landfills....

November 26, 2019

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has changed boating registration renewals from a three-year period to annual updates..

November 12, 2019

The current water level on Lake Greenwood sits at approximately 437.25 feet msl.  Normally at this time of year the lake level would be about 15 inches higher.  While a month long drought brought the lake level down to this level, we have been maintaining this level in anticipation of a FERC required inspection and maintenance that occurs once every five years.  The inspection will commence on November 18 and last approximately four to five days...

August 06, 2019

If all goes according to plan, the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Lake Greenwood water treatment plant sometime in October...

July 20, 2019

In an effort to gain control over the environmental impacts from development projects on Lake Greenwood, county leaders have finalized a landmark ordinance that carries sizable fines for violators.

On Tuesday, the County Council approved an erosion and sedimentation control plan preventing any land disturbances from taking place without a building inspection permit – and that won’t be issued until either county or state regulators approve the proposal...

July 13, 2019

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans last month to dramatically increase development costs for several Southeastern bodies of water — including lakes Hartwell and Thurmond in South Carolina — federal lawmakers in those districts said they were caught off guard....

June 28, 2019

Recently, a state infrastructure expert warned of antiquated water and sewer delivery systems that will require nearly $1 billion worth of attention in coming decades.  While Greenwood has problems of its own, the Commissioners of Public Works announced on Thursday that the quality of its drinking water has again surpassed federal and state environmental standards.

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