Kinder morgan pipeline spill settlement

A fund of $1.5 million was established in November 2020 to protect and remediate water resources in Anderson County as a result of a Clean Water Act suit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Upstate Forever and the Savannah Riverkeeper. The lawsuit was filed in response to a 2014 pipeline spill of at least 369,000 gallons of gasoline that caused petroleum pollution to enter into the nearby creek which flows through Anderson & Abbeville Counties into Broadway Lake, Lake Secession, and the Savannah River. 

Projects to Help

  • Workshops and training for citizen engagement
  • Education resources for Anderson County Schools
  • Further Development of water quality reporting app; promotion of app for citizen use
  • Equipment for water quality monitoring (e.g., Adopt-A-Stream kits)
  • Streambank repair
  • Riparian buffer restoration (e.g., erosion control techniques, planting vegetation and live-stakes)
  • Septic system repair
  • Land protection
  • Agricultural Best Management Practices including: Streambank Fencing, Heavy Use Areas, Stream Crossings, Alternative Watering Sources, & Cover Crops.

Advisery Council

  • Upstate Forever
  • Savannah Riverkeeper
  • Anderson County Council
  • Anderson County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Clemson Extension
  • Anderson County Resident
  • Anderson County Schools