Lexington County officials tackle stormwater issues
By Tom Lollis
Local government officials in Lexington County and its municipalities joined forces with Clemson’s Carolina Clear program to tackle stormwater issues on a countywide basis.
“Stormwater runoff is becoming more of an issue as development replaces natural buffers and filters with rooftops, parking lots, driveways and roads,” said Billy Derrick, chairman of Lexington County Council.
Keeping streams, rivers and basins as clean as possible is a public health and safety issue, since most streams in the area run into Lake Murray, the reservoir for drinking water for the cities of Lexington, Cayce, Irmo and West Columbia, and surrounding rural areas.
“The goal of Carolina Clear and the Lexington County Stormwater Consortium is to minimize polluted stormwater runoff by educating the public, builders, contractors, developers and government officials,” said Cal Sawyer, Clemson Extension water quality coordinator.