South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Rivers, Watersheds and Stewardship
The SCDNR Rivers, Watersheds and Stewardship Group administers State Scenic Rivers, river corridor and watershed planning projects, the Stewardship Development Awards program and the annual Beach Sweep / River Sweep. Staff in this group also provides expertise in a variety of areas to the rest of the agency, other state agencies and the public at large.
Scenic Rivers Program
The goal of the Scenic Rivers program is the conservation of SC's river heritage through the proper management of the natural and cultural character of the state's river corridors. As is stated in the South Carolina Scenic Rivers Act of 1989, this program has the purpose of protecting "unique or outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, botanical, fish, wildlife, historic or cultural values" of selected rivers or river segments in the state.
The South Carolina Scenic Rivers Program is charged to protect unique and outstanding rivers. Through a community planning approach, the program identifies and prioritizes river management needs and strives to protect resources including plant and animal life, wildlife habitat, wetlands, scenic views, geologic formations, recreation areas, and cultural or historic treasures. Riparian land management is an important element of river protection. The activities of each individual landowner can have positive or negative effects on river resources including aesthetic and scenic qualities, wildlife habitats, and water quality.
To date, ten river segments have been designated South Carolina State Scenic Rivers. Segments of the follwing have been designated as natural treasures: Ashley River; Black River; Broad River; Catawba; Great Pee Dee River; Little Pee Dee River; Little Pee Dee River of Dillion County; Saluda River; Middle Saluda River and the Lynches River.
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