Got Trees? Local Ordinance Protects Trees; Waccamaw River

Seemingly minor revisions to laws and regulations have the potential to significantly improve protections for local rivers. For example, a community in South Carolina along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail recently approved revisions to its Tree Ordinance. Small changes, such as protection for waterway trees and prohibiting clear-cutting of large tracts of land for development, will help protect nearby communities and the water they drink. 

When it rains, trees and wetlands act as a buffer; storing and filtering runoff from streets, parking lots and lawns that would otherwise make its way to local rivers and streams carrying with it a variety of pollutants. So, not only will these revisions help preserve the natural character of the community, they will also help protect the local drinking water supply.

Learn more about how American Rivers is using blue trails to protect local rivers. 

You can also follow the Waccamaw River Blue Trail project on our Facebook page.