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.
Applications are now open for the Anderson County Citizen Empowerment and Watershed Protection Project Grants. Eligible entities may apply for individual grant awards ranging between $10,000 to $50,000 for education and outreach and up to $100,000 for site remediation and land protection grants in the impacted area. To be considered in the current funding cycle, applications and related documents must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on August 29, 2023.

Projects Aimed 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