What was once one of the largest delta-forming rivers on the east coast begins in the mountains of North Carolina. Throughout its course many rivers merge and flow into the Congaree and Wateree Rivers, which join to form the Santee River, continuing to the Atlantic Ocean. This huge river system has carved the landscape over thousands of years to create vast floodplain forests, high bluffs, fertile soils, forests and rare or endangered species and beauty beyond description.
“Protecting and enhancing the quality of life in South Carolina is incredibly important to ensuring South Carolina’s competitive edge in this global economy. I support the COWASEE Basin efforts to encourage private landowners to voluntarily practice resource conservation to enhance the quality of life in the Midlands area and create a legacy of stewardship for future South Carolinians.”
Governor Mark Sanford, 2006