Loop 1: Station 5
Water quality affects the environment for fish and other aquatic species, and for human use and recreation. Water quality is always changing due to natural factors, and because of human activities. Flooding events produce runoff from yards, farms, construction sites, and highways, resulting in increased pollution from nutrients, sediment, and industrial residues.
Because of historical pollutants in the sediments of the lake, the fish in Lake Conestee are not safe for human consumption. Our primary concern for water quality in the lake is focused on maintaining the lake as an ecosystem suitable for wildlife.
Lake Conestee functions passively as Greenville’s raingarden, filtering sediment, nutrients, and pollutants from Greenville’s runoff. This lush living filter of wetlands and bottomland forests helps to clean the Reedy as it passes through Lake Conestee.
What is the quality of water in the Reedy River?
The Reedy River reflects its urban watershed, our activities on the land and its history as an industrial river. Levels of nutrients, organic materials, and urban pollutants are moderately high, but are dramatically improved from conditions before the Clean Water Act of 1972.
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