South Carolina's Saluda River on endangered list

The Saluda River's high levels of phosphorus and sediment earned it a spot on a list of the country's most endangered rivers of 2009.

The environmental advocacy group American Rivers selects America’s Most Endangered Rivers each year, focusing on problem waterways with potential for solutions in the near future. The Saluda is rated No. 6 because of phosphorus discharges from wastewater plants and sediment runoff from development in the section of the river from the mountains through Lake Greenwood.

Permits for eight of the 12 wastewater treatment plants in that section of the river are up for renewal in the next two years. River advocates say the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control should add more phosphorus restrictions.

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