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Clean Water Act Lawsuit Launched Against Pickens County Event Venue

GREENVILLE, SC — Upstate Forever, Naturaland Trust and South Carolina Trout Unlimited have taken legal action against the owners and operators of a Pickens County event venue over violations of the Clean Water Act and related property and environmental damage.

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Special places require special consideration

Arabella Farm—a Pickens County wedding venue located along Highway 11—is right in the middle of one of the Upstate's most special natural areas. The area's specialness is not conceptual or abstract. Rather, this area is special because it is utilized extensively by fishermen, hikers, birders and lovers of the outdoors.

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Paving of Burrell's Ford Road

USDA Forest Service- authorize the paving of one mile of Forest Road 708 (Burrell's Ford Road) from the end of the existing paved section (the existing paved section is 0.3 miles long, starting at the junction with State Highway 107; see included map). The remaining portion of the road (1.4 miles) will remain as a gravel surface. As part of this decision I also authorize the replacement of the culvert where FR 708 crosses King Creek with an aquatic organism passage (AOP) culvert.

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State and River Basin Planning

In October, 2019 the SCDNR published the South Carolina State Water Planning Framework (Planning Framework) which details a new State and river basin planning process. The Planning Framework, developed under the guidance of the South Carolina Planning Process Advisory Committee (PPAC), describes how River Basin Plans will be developed for the State’s major river basins and how these plans will be used to develop a new State Water Plan.

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