News From The River

News From The River

FoRR's Nikki Grumbine named 2019 Clean Water Champion by Upstate Forever

FoRR's Nikki Grumbine named 2019 Clean Water Champion by Upstate Forever

We are so proud to announce that our very own, Nikki Grumbine, won the 2019 Clean Water Champion from Upstate Forever! Nikki was honored at the ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon on February 19th. Nikki was recognized for her hard work & dedication to Friends of the Reedy River and river improvements. Nikki has been on the FoRR board since 2007 and served as the President from 2013-2017. Her impact on our organization has been crucial to our success & her determination sustained FoRR through a difficult point to make us even stronger. Nikki’s leadership included impressive efforts, such as the opposition of construction of 55 Camperdown Way near Reedy River Falls, which lead to a permanent conservation easement. Her impacts also include publishing a Reedy River Report card in 2013 to demonstrate current water quality to the public, and work at the Caine Halter YMCA and 1st Baptist Greenville to better manage stormwater runoff. We thank Nikki for her determination, hard work and perseverance to improve our watershed! Read More »

The invasive Fig Buttercup, 2018

The invasive Fig Buttercup, 2018

Fig Buttercup, also called Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria) is an early-blooming perennial that appears to be poised to be a terrible invasive in moist, nutrient-rich situations across eastern North America. In South Carolina, significant infestations have been found in Greenville and York Counties. South Carolina's regulatory officials have recognized its invasive behavior. and Fig Buttercup is now illegal in the state! but the word is slow to get out. Many homeowners don't yet know, and plants continue to quietly naturalize Read More »

Lake Conestee Nature Park wins national award

Lake Conestee Nature Park wins national award

"The Conestee Foundation grew out of the conservationist group Friends of the Reedy River. It was formed in 1998 for the purpose of acquiring and rehabilitating the lake and turning it into a greenspace. The site included a 135-acre millpond, impounded by a large stone masonry dam on the Reedy River that was built in 1892." Recently "Lake Conestee Nature Park was named 1st Runner Up for the national Phoenix Award presented by the Environmental Protection Agency [recognizing] the project that stands out most for using innovative techniques and cooperative efforts to convert a polluted site into a community treasure." We are so proud of Dave Hargett and all the great work he's done at Lake Conestee! Read More »

CONSERVATION GROUP ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP: FoRR Announces its New Board President

CONSERVATION GROUP ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP: FoRR Announces its New Board President

Friends of the Reedy River (FoRR) is pleased to announce the election of Katie Callahan as the new FoRR Board President. Katie serves as the Director of the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, an EPA and SC DHEC recognized center for watershed management and watershed outreach activities. For more than eight years, Katie served as the program coordinator for the Clemson Extension Carolina Clear program, reaching millions of SC residents annually with stormwater outreach and pollution prevention programming. Katie joined the FoRR Board of Directors in 2017 and served on FoRR's Technical Committee. She enjoys being a Mom, molding this next generation of conservationists through rich outdoor experiences, especially on the water! Read More »

Students Shadow Greenville News Photojournalist, Win Award

Students Shadow Greenville News Photojournalist, Win Award

Two students that shadowed a Greenville News Photojournalist as a part of the Benjamin Franklin Experience won first prize in the Fall in Love With the Reedy River Photo Contest hosted by Friends of the Reedy River (FoRR) and Reedy River Water Quality Group. Safia Bouderka and Demaine Robinson, who both attend NEXT Highschool, were presented with $50 and a Certificate of Award on Tuesday, December 19 at a small ceremony. Read More »

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