Southeastern Partnership
For Forests & Water Initiative

Emerald Ash Borer

Lower Savannah Watershed Project

The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with two separate projects underway across the state. A USDA Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration grant to further the work of the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water is being matched by a group of water utilities, the Savannah River Clean Water Fund, and the GA Forestry Commission to provide funding for outreach and education to the community in the Lower Savannah Watershed on the important connection between healthy, managed forestland and clean drinking water supplies.

Outreach also includes information on conservation easements and cost share programs that help landowners along the Savannah River keep their land in forests and managed well, resulting in watershed protection for all. Priority South Carolina counties for the $3.3 million Lower Savannah River Watershed (LSRW) Initiative include portions of Greenwood, McCormick, Saluda, Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties. For more information about the LSRW initiative, click here.

Lake Wateree Watershed Summit

In addition, a project in partnership with the SC Rural Water Association in the Lake Wateree watershed is beginning. The kickoff summit meeting will be held May 24 in Camden, S.C. The meeting announcement can be found here. This project will focus on the portions of Fairfield, Chester, Lancaster, and Kershaw Counties that are within the Lake Wateree watershed and will take a similar approach as the Lower Savannah project.

Lake Wateree Project Area

For more information, contact SCFC Environmental Program Manager Herb Nicholson at or (803) 667-0815.


Forestry BMPs