Uniting the Upstate through Community Collaboration
ReWa is dedicated to the local community through initiatives, events, partnerships, and more. It is up to all of us to ensure a better environment for the future, and we take great pride in working with our community to reach this goal. Take a look at the many events and partnerships we foster throughout the Upstate, and find out how you can get involved with ReWa’s preservation goals.
The Upstate Roundtable (URT) is a volunteer collaboration comprised of community, business and governmental leaders, as well as technical experts, to review and solve the challenges of aligning the Upstate’s wastewater infrastructure capacity with its growth. The URT originally convened in 1994 and developed a 20-year strategic plan; the group reconvened in 2008 to update this plan guiding the Agency through 2030. ReWa is proud to be a part of the Upstate Roundtable and to assist in the establishment and execution of long-term goals. To learn more about the Upstate Roundtable, visit www.upstateroundtable.org.
Project Rx: A Medication Take-Back Event
Project Rx: A River Remedy is a medication take-back event led by ReWa, along with several other community partner organizations. The event evolved from studies about the hazards of improper disposal of unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications by flushing or pouring them down the drain.
Visit www.aRiverRemedy.org to learn more about Project Rx events and proper medication disposal.
Providing wastewater, environmental, and preservation-based education is one of our goals. We offer many opportunities for local schools, children’s groups, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to get involved with ReWa.
We aim to provide a tailored and individual lesson that flows cohesively with the teacher’s classes, or troop leader’s lesson plan. We are happy to tailor our education measures to your needs. To learn more about education opportunities, please visit our tours page.
The Reedy River Sweep: Coming Together to Clean up Our Rivers
Since 1998, ReWa has held its annual Reedy River Sweep, a volunteer event for ReWa employees to give back to the environment. In 2016, nearly 40 volunteers from ReWa and other participating organizations – including Black and Veatch Engineering, Boy Scout Troop 521 and families from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville – pitched in to clean a 1.5 mile stretch of the Reedy River.
Over the past six years, the amount of debris collected at each event has decreased from three tons to roughly one ton. The 1.5-mile riverfront at the intersection of I-85 and Mauldin Road runs through ReWa’s Mauldin Road facility and serves as the receiving stream for the facility’s effluent. ReWa’s Reedy River Sweep has removed approximately 35 tons of debris from the Reedy River since the event became an annual occurrence in 1998.
The next Reedy River Sweep event is scheduled for September 2017, in conjunction with the annual statewide South Carolina Beach Sweep/River Sweep week, which is organized by the SC Sea Grant Consortium, the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), and the SCANA Corporation. In previous years, more than 6,000 South Carolina volunteers removed over 45 tons of debris from South Carolina’s waterways. This annual clean up clears our waterways of unsightly debris, educates the public about the impact that aquatic debris has on our economy and our environment, and serves as a research tool for the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C.
The Wildlife and Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) Program is designed to give corporate landowners and their employees a framework for integrating wildlife habitat needs into corporate land management decisions.
In 1998, ReWa initiated the W.A.I.T. Program at its WRRF. The program is a natural extension to ReWa’s mission of providing the community with a cleaner environment. The W.A.I.T. Program also allows ReWa volunteers to expand their commitment to the environment by giving them a framework for enhancing the wildlife habitats at their Upstate facility sites.
W.A.I.T. is a registered program of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, which is in partnership with the SCDNR. With their assistance, ReWa volunteers have worked together to design comprehensive W.A.I.T. plans.
These plans include building and installing bird boxes, creating foot trails and wildlife viewing areas, and enhancing various wildlife habitats. As their first project, volunteers built and installed nearly 40 bluebird boxes at ReWa’s Mauldin Road facility. At this time, three WRRF have been certified for the W.A.I.T. program including Mauldin Road, Durbin Creek, and Gilder Creek. Food plots and natural plantings have been the focus at Mauldin Road WRRF with the advent of the Swamp Rabbit Trail running through the property to Conestee Park. For more information about the W.A.I.T. Program, please call 864-299-4000.
The Clean Water Act of 1972 employs a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory tools that are designed to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. As a proactive approach to preserving local waterways, The Reedy River Water Quality Group was formed. The group is comprised of ReWa, the City of Greenville, Greenville County and multiple other organizations in the local community who are voluntarily applying EPA’s 5R approach with the goal of improving water quality. The 5R approach is a collaborative effort that provides flexibility on how organizations apply their resources to achieve water quality standards. One of the strategic goals is to share the nutrient loads that are discharged into our local rivers. The group is also working with SCDHEC and EPA to further develop the 5R approach to ensure water quality improvement.
Greenville COUNTY REC: Working Hand-in-Hand to Create Recreational Spaces
Decades of work in partnership between ReWa and Greenville County Rec resulted in the development of the following community facilities that are enjoyed year-round by area residents and visitors:
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail
One of the most notable projects involves the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail. This major 13-mile rail to trail conversion connects Lake Conestee Nature Park with the northern community of Travelers Rest. ReWa is continually working with Greenville County Rec to create connector trails to the Swamp Rabbit.
Greenville Greenways at ReWa
Following on the successful completion of the City of Greenville Trails and Greenways Master Plan in 2007, a county-wide greenways master plan is in progress. This project aims to develop a comprehensive master plan that encompasses and links together existing parks, trails, green spaces, railroad corridors, sidewalks, utility corridors, roadways, and spur trails along feeder streams to the Reedy, Enoree, and Saluda River corridors. Across the Reedy River, you can connect to the Greenways at ReWa’s Mauldin Road property, as a part of its Silver LEED Certification. The connector trail to Lake Conestee Nature Park is made possible through ReWa’s agreement to allow the Greenville County Rec to build on this property.
Corey Burns Park, Baseball
This 28-acre site on ReWa property, adjacent to the decommissioned Taylors WRRF, was developed in early 2008. The park offers a five-field tournament venue for baseball, concessions and restroom facilities.
Historic Pelham Mill and dog park
This historic site is home to one of Greenville’s earliest textile mills. The original dam, constructed in the 19th century, is a focal point and draws visitors to a scenic view of the Enoree River shoals. The project renovated a historic post office, which was moved to the site when Hwy. 14 was widened. The park, that includes contiguous property owned by ReWa, is a great destination for picnics and recreation. You will also find walking trails and the Pelham Mill dog park. Bring your four-legged friends for a play date!
Brushy Creek athletic complex
This state-of-the-art three-field athletic complex is home to thousands of upstate soccer enthusiasts during the spring and fall seasons. ReWa conveyed the land to the Greenville County Rec in the late 1980s.
The 16-acre site on ReWa property was offered to the Greenville County Rec in the late 1980’s. This multi-purpose indoor recreation complex was recently expanded by eight acres. The facility offers the Upstate’s only ice skating rink, tennis courts, soccer fields, a historic miniature children’s train, and various programs ranging from summer day camps to special seasonal events.
For more information regarding Greenville County Rec’s programs, community calendar of events or a map of Upstate parks, visit the Greenville County Rec website.