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  Jan 01, 2021

A Crystal-Clear Partnership Focused on Conservation and Sustainability

Greenville Water and The Nature Conservancy enter three-year partnership

Greenville Water and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of South Carolina have embarked on a three-year partnership to strengthen their shared efforts to protect land and water. To support these conservation efforts, Greenville Water has committed $30,000 over three years to TNC.

A significant part of this partnership will be to engage the community through initiatives that raise awareness about the essential role forests play in providing clean water. In addition, TNC will provide fire management assistance to support the controlled burn efforts at Greenville Water’s Table Rock and North Saluda watersheds.

TNC and Greenville Water have a 28-year history of partnering on initiatives that are important to the community. This collaboration further expands coordinated community outreach efforts to engage and inspire people through conservation, water education and local environmental stewardship initiatives.

“We are proud to work alongside Greenville Water to ensure healthy forests and clean, great-tasting drinking water in the Upstate,” says Dale Threatt-Taylor, executive director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina. “We’re grateful for their support and look forward to using this grant to increase public awareness of the importance of conservation and partnership.”

In 1993, Greenville Water proactively entered into a conservation easement with TNC to protect approximately 30,000 acres of land surrounding the Table Rock and North Saluda Reservoirs, protecting both drinking water sources from development in perpetuity. The organization has also worked closely with TNC to develop the Greenville Water Natural Resource Management Plan.

“Our partnership focuses on conservation, sustainability and education, allowing us to share with our customers the many significant things we are doing to ensure quality water for a sustainable future,” said David Bereskin, Greenville Water chief executive officer. “We are committed to working together to reach our common goals over the next three years. Together, we can maximize our efforts.”

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