Friends of the Reedy River is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, volunteer-based, conservation organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and restoring the Reedy River. The Reedy, Greenville’s hometown river, has been an important natural resource for hundreds of years, utilized and valued by people who have admired its scenic beauty and relied on its water for power, sustenance, and inspiration.
In 1993, a handful of concerned citizens established Friends of the Reedy River. Recognizing the historic importance of our hometown river, the organization has sought to preserve the rich history and cultural heritage that revolved around the river, and to restore the natural environment along the Reedy. Friends of the Reedy River has been involved in projects aimed at protecting the unblemished reaches of the river, restoring areas already impacted, curbing the impacts of sprawl and development, and establishment of trails and park space.
In 2015, the organization developed its strategic planning document to define the direction the organization will pursue moving forward. We will carry out our work by focusing our efforts on the following three themes:
- Educate the community on the importance of the river to the health and economic benefit of our community.
- Advocate for improved protection for the river as a response to the increased development of downtown Greenville.
- Activate the community to get involved with the health of the river.
It is essential that we nurture and protect the Reedy River, for it is a natural resource that adds value to the economic and social vitality of the Upstate. Our Strategic Plan will guide us and direct us in strengthening the voice of the Reedy River.
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
Friends of the Reedy River is a volunteer organization dedicated to conservation of the Reedy River through education, advocacy, and action. We envision a safe, clean, and accessible river corridor that enhances the quality of life for all residents, businesses, and visitors.
The following values will guide us in everything we do:
We believe that the river and its surroundings should be respected and valued as an essential asset to the Upstate of South Carolina.
As the “Voice of the River,” we are committed to the care, restoration, and preservation of this beautiful natural resource.
We will foster strategic relationships with individuals, organizations, and communities to achieve our Mission and Vision.
We are committed to being trustworthy and transparent in our decision-making, relationships, and project implementation.
We are committed to speaking on behalf of the river and its surroundings to ensure that its value is protected and preserved.