Earth Economics conducted an economic impact analysis of a proposed riparian buffer ordinance in Greenville County across eight different sites, which included existing, planned, and proposed neighborhood developments. Overall, the economic benefits were found to exceed the costs. The Greenville County Comprehensive Plan adopted in early 2020 also supports requiring stream buffers “sufficient to protect water quality, streambank integrity, and wildlife habitat.” Read statement: Zoning to Protect Riparian Buffers
Economic Impact of Riparian Buffers
Riparian buffers work to improve water quality. Take a look at how a proposed expansion of buffer requirements would increase property values, flood protection, water quality and recreation benefits in the Reedy watershed. [Read more…]
2019 Progress Report
Avoid Holiday FOG
FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oils & Grease used in lots of different food dishes. Common FOG items include butter, margarine, oil, lard and shortening. These ingredients are found in many foods, like meats, salad dressings, mayonnaise, pastries, sauces, gravy, dairy products and more. [Read more…]
Get Down and Dirty
Test your soil before using fertilizer
- A soil test helps determine the right amount and type of fertilizer you need. Testing first could save you money on expensive and unnecessary fertilizers.
- Fertilizers and other yard chemicals can harm local streams and rivers. To prevent runoff, buy a slow-release product and avoid applying before rain, on slopes, near bodies of water or storm drains.
- If you live near water, avoid fertilizing the first 50 feet of shoreline.
Pick up your free soil test kit ($18 value) on March 27 at:
Pick up a soil test kit (while supplies last) at the
Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District office.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
301 University Ridge, Suite 4800
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