Partners for Trout, a coalition that has renovated and restored many miles of trout streams in South Carolina’s Upstate region, recently received a $1,000 donation from Columbia-based Saluda River Trout Unlimited.
Keith Cloud, president of Saluda River Trout Unlimited, presented the check to Susan Guynn, chairperson for Partners for Trout. “In presenting this check, we endorse and support the work of Partners for Trout in its continuing program of improving, restoring and maintaining cold-water trout habitat and angler access in Upstate South Carolina streams,” Cloud said.
Since its inception in 1997, Partners for Trout has received considerable impetus from private and public donations, grants and volunteer assistance and has done streambank, riparian and instream restoration on six miles of streams. Partners for Trout has also installed more than a dozen bottom-water-release structures on dams, which has improved water quality (cooled the releases in summer) in more than 50 miles of streams.
Partners for Trout, based in Clemson, is a coalition comprised of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Foothills Resource Conservation and Development Council, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, private landowners and the Pickens, Greenville and Oconee Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The group is committed to restoring and enhancing trout streams in South Carolina. Trout streams appear in only a small portion of three counties in South Carolina: Oconee, Pickens and Greenville.
Saluda River Trout Unlimited is an affiliated chapter of nationally known conservation organization Trout Unlimited. As such, the 350-member organization’s goals of trout stream preservation, restoration and enhancement parallel that of Partners for Trout.