Loop 1: Station 9
Reedy River watershed
A watershed is an area of land that has a common drainage system. The Reedy River watershed includes all land that drains to the Reedy or one of its tributary streams. Above Lake Conestee Dam this watershed area is 65 sq. mi. and includes nearly all of the City of Greenville and central Greenville County.
Our use and management of the land, and the land cover throughout the watershed (forests, agriculture, developed areas, subdivisions, or urban and industrial areas) affects the quality and quantity of water draining from the watershed.
Because the Reedy watershed has a high proportion of built areas (pavement, rooftops, and industrial / commercial areas), storm runoff is rapid, and streamflows increase quickly in response to rainfall events. In this urban setting river flows are very low between rain events. Water quality is also diminished by these urban influences.
What things on land impact the river?
Prior to development and in its natural condition, most of this landscape was forested. A natural Piedmont forest is like a sponge, absorbing rainfall, allowing it to recharge through the soil and to the groundwater, and minimizing runoff. As we cover more of the landscape with impermeable surfaces, recharge is reduced, and runoff increases, carrying with it pollutants from our activities on the land.
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