Lake Wateree Covekeepers

Welcome to our webpage.

Please join us at one of our regular  meetings, which are typically held at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Dutchman Creek Fire Department on the West side of Lake Wateree. Click here for a map to the meeting place.

Sunset on Lake Wateree

Lake Wateree Water Testing

The Lake Wateree Covekeepers, in partnership with the University of South Carolina and the Lake Wateree Home Owners Association, has been conducting water quality testing.  Links to the test results are included below:

New Home Owner Welcome Letter

Welcome to Lake Wateree!

We think Lake Wateree is a very special place and are happy you have joined our community.

As a new property owner, I am sure you want the lake environment in which you have invested to remain beautiful and healthy for years to come. To ensure that is the case, the lake needs your help. Those of us fortunate enough to live along this lake’s shoreline have an added responsibility in protecting the scene we enjoy daily and the water we value for drinking, boating, swimming, and fishing.

Most shoreline residents would not knowingly pollute the water along which they live.  Yet without realizing it, lakeshore lots release a variety of substances that can degrade water quality:

  • The clearing of land to build houses bares soil and can send sediments downslope to cloud the water and stress aquatic life. Please ensure that properly installed silt fences are in place when excavations are being done on your lot.
  • Driveways can also be a source of sediment and of noxious chemicals such as gas, oil, antifreeze, detergent and toxic metals.
  • Inadequately maintained septic systems eventually release bacteria that may endanger swimmers, as well as plant nutrients that foul waters with green scum of excess algal growth.
  • Lawns and gardens often release contaminants from fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Lawn maintenance may introduce grass clippings or soil into the lake.

 

Taking care not to discharge harmful substances or to cause soil erosion is the most effective step in caring for a lake; surrounding it with a protective barrier to contain contaminated runoff and sediment is an important secondary precaution. Vegetation is nature’s protective barrier, a natural way to protect our water. 

The problem is that very little natural shoreline vegetation still remains in place.  When it comes to protecting water quality, the shoreline serves as a critical last line of defense.  Fortunately there are plenty of positive steps we can take, starting in our own backyard, to enhance water quality. Better yet, many of these practices can also save time and expense in the long run while providing attractive surroundings and fostering native plants and wildlife.

If you are fortunate enough to have natural vegetation on your shoreline, take steps to protect it.  If it has been destroyed by previous owners, or will be damaged during dock construction or shoreline stabilization projects, let it grow back, or replace it with additional native plant materials.

In addition to protecting water quality, a diversity of native plants along the shoreline provides important food and shelter, and travel paths for wildlife, part of nature’s beauty that attracted many of us to the shoreline in the first place.  Native plants are “from here” so they require no special pampering to take hold and thrive.  Nothing compares to undisturbed native vegetation along the shoreline when it comes to protecting our water from sediments and chemicals.

Shoreline residents everywhere are learning the benefits of establishing or maintaining vegetative buffers along the water’s edge. Those who live along the shoreline of a lake can effect its water quality most immediately – and will also feel most directly the effects of others activities throughout the entire river basin.

Again, welcome to Lake Wateree. We hope you will enjoy it, treasure it and along the way, protect it.

This welcome comes from the Lake Wateree Covekeepers, a group of volunteers around the lake who monitor the shoreline for issues that could impair our waters and help with education about best practices along the shoreline. 

 The Covekeepers were trained by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. We are led by Lake Wateree Lakekeeper Captain Ron Kadan, 2712 Jutty Point, P.O. Box 43, Liberty Hill, SC  29074 (803-273-0021). 

For more information about Lake Wateree and a map of access areas and facilities click here

The following websites also contain useful information about Lake Wateree:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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News
Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program
The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.
Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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Report Pollution in the Catawba River

Help protect your River! 

Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

Alliances

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  It also in in an alliance with Clean Air Carolina to address issues, such as sprawl, that cause air and water problems.

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