Spartanburg Water joining Earth Day tree planting effort

SPARTANBURG – Spartanburg Water is proud to unite with the Partners for Pacolet Rivers and other Upstate organizations to take part in a special Earth Day conservation project that will ultimately benefit our watershed and our community.

On Thursday, April 22, alongside Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) and Milliken & Company, Spartanburg Water will plant hardwood tree saplings and Loblolly Pine seeds in strategic locations where soil erosion and run-off have been identified as concerns for nearby Lake Blalock reservoir.

“Trees provide multiple benefits to our watershed,” said Ken Tuck, Drinking Water Treatment Manager. “They help prevent soil erosion and filter nutrients before they enter our water supply reservoirs – both essential benefits to protecting and sustaining the health of our watershed and drinking water.”

Additionally, in support of the State of South Carolina’s “PowerPlant” initiative to plant 3 million trees across the state on Earth Day, local schools in multiple districts will receive seed packets, courtesy of the PowerPlant initiative and SPACE, for use in educational activities the week of the event. Seed packets will also be available to the first 100 visitors to the event.

We invite you to join us for this visual, media-friendly opportunity.

Who: Spartanburg Water, Partners for Pacolet Rivers, Spartanburg Area Conservancy
(SPACE), and Milliken & Company
What: Earth Day tree planting conservation project
When: Thursday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Blalock Park
1925 Sandy Ford Road, Chesnee
Why: To protect the overall health of the watershed and in support of the State of South
Carolina’s “PowerPlant” initiative

For media availability, please contact Haley Bowers, Senior Communications Specialist, at hbowers@spartanburgwater.org or 864-598-7267.

ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of nearly 200,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of nearly 300 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 14 million gallons of wastewater for its customers and community.

ABOUT PARTNERS FOR PACOLET RIVERS: A dynamic and diverse group of individuals, the Partners for Pacolet Rivers watershed coalition focuses on education, advocacy and preservation of the North, South and Pacolet River watersheds.

Partners include passionate community members, and representatives from Spartanburg County, the City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Regional, OneSpartanburg, Inc., the Spartanburg Community Foundation, Spartanburg Water, Johnson Development, Spartanburg County Medical Society, Wofford College, Upstate Forever, SPACE, The Nature Conservancy, Milliken & Company, ReGenesis Healthcare, SCDHEC, and USDA.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page @partnersforthepacolet.
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