Congaree River

UPDATE: Dominion Energy has begun draining water from cofferdam on the Congaree River

The cofferdam has been built and water is being pumped from the area of the first cofferdam on the Congaree River. The cofferdam was constructed at the Gervais Street Bridge. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has provided an update. As of late August, Dominion Energy has:Completed the rock cofferdam for Area 1 […]

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West Columbia Riverwalk’s a great place to stroll with the family and walk your dog

A significant number of parents frequent the West Columbia Riverwalk to exercise with their children. If you sit and watch on any morning, you’ll see a barrage of strollers rolling up and down the trail that runs beside the Congaree River. There are also just as many who populate Riverwalk with their fur-babies on a leash.  “We […]

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Congaree Riverkeeper reports outline of cofferdam on the Congaree River is complete

The initial footprint of the cofferdam on the Congaree River has been completed. The site is near the Gervais Street Bridge where crews are preparing the area to clean up coal tar, deposited decades ago, from the bottom of the river. According to the Congaree Riverkeeper “the contractor will continue to build up the dam […]

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Cofferdams on the Congaree River are beginning to take shape

The effort to build two cofferdams on the Congaree River is taking shape. If you ride across the Gervais Street Bridge, you can see it. Dominion Energy has contracted a company to build the cofferdams so that coal tar from long-closed oil plant can be cleaned from the river bottom. The work site is on […]

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Tubers come to West Columbia from California, Illinois, Sumter and Florence

Tubing down the Saluda River, to the Congaree, may be the most popular tradition of a West Columbia summer. Sometimes hundreds a day tube the clear waters of the rivers, riding the rapids, ending up at West Columbia’s Riverwalk Park. Palmetto Outdoor Owner Michael Mayo tracks the location of those who come to tube. They come from […]

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City of West Columbia addresses Riverside Water Treatment Facility taste and odor concerns

The City of West Columbia Riverside Water Treatment Facility is aware of concerns about a taste and odor in the drinking water. The water supply has been thoroughly tested and meets all SCDHEC standards. The water distributed by the Riverside Water Treatment Facility is safe to drink. The issue is aesthetic and not a water […]

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Coffer dams to be built on the Congaree River to remove tar, Civil War artifact discovery is possible

The process to clean up the coal tar in the Congagree River has begun. Dominion Energy has contracted a company to build two coffer dams on the Columbia side of the river. The first coffer dam will be built across from the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. Roads and a workspace are being installed now close […]

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Riverbank Elementary students release rainbow trout into the Saluda River

Dawn Kujawa – Lexington Two Communications – A four-month journey was completed in April on a small stretch of the Saluda River, and some local students were excited about it. Riverbank Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders released around 50 rainbow trout into the river, which they had raised from the tiniest of eggs in carefully monitored […]

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