June 2017 Newsletter
Enjoy Delicious Food & Cold Beverages from these fine vendors:
- Pig on Fire BBQ
- Camp Fellowship Hamburgers & Hotdogs
- Pink Mamas Shaved Ice & Ice Cream
- Peanut Hut Peanuts
Reminder we require a NO WAKE zone after you leave the event until you pass under one of the bridges.
Required by Land due to limited space. Requested by boat too.
REGISTER ONLINE HERE.
Sunday, July 2nd
Live Music and Fireworks show, Free.
Contact Sharon Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a pass. Request are considered only for ones in wheelchair, crutches or walker. Bus transportation will be provided to and from parking lots. Limited spots are available. Request must be made in advance – minimum of 72 hrs. You will NOT receive an email about parking pass.
The Lights on the Lake event has grown to become the area’s premier Independence Day fireworks celebration, attracting more than 7000 spectators, boaters and lake home viewers for miles around who marvel at the synchronized explosions and soaring musical tributes.
What We Are All About.
Lake Master Plan
The gateway sign areas have been landscaped already and are a beautiful addition. Recently two more gateway signs have been installed. There is one on the Old Laurens Hwy at Harris Landing, and a second one on Highway 34, near dam.
In addition, on both sides of main bridge, we are treating the grass for weeds and keeping it cut on both sides. This fall, plans are to install crepe myrtles, along with low voltage up lighting. The cost of the project has been reduced by sixty percent, because both counties agreed to internally handle the installation and purchase of trees. This new spirit of cooperation bodes well for the future of our gorgeous corridor.
By now you have probably been out boating ant noticed the safety lights on our bridges. As of this month, we’re almost finished. Ninety percent of the installation is complete on all four main bridges. We had to order additional lights for the upper CS railroad bridge. You should see those by the end of June. With your help, Lake Greenwood just gets better all the time.
Project Web Cam: Plans are to install webcams near the main bridge and partner with local TV stations. CLG has talked with Northlands cable who is interested in sponsoring this project.
Lake Greenwood Water Quality
You can eat all the fish you want from our lake! For those of us who live here and take our beautiful lake for granted, that may not seem like much of a headline. But take the time to read the SC DHEC 2016 fish consumption advisories article (you can find it online – just got to SC DHEC) and you’ll realize how truly blessed we are. “Lake Greenwood is one of three lakes in South Carolina, not impaired by heavy metals. That’s very good. …Overall we’re doing very well, according to Certified Lake Manager, Julie Davis. We don’t usually see problems with heavy metals or e-coli which are the primary concerns other lakes face. CLG will resist the urge here to “out” our neighboring lakes, which aren’t as fortunate, and just, move forward with more bragging:
Read more details from the Preserving Lake Greenwood report card dated 2015.
When it comes to dissolved oxygen, were at 100% or A plus. According to their analysis, “Dissolved oxygen (the amount of oxygen absorbed in the water) is the most important indicator of a healthy lake and its capacity to support a balanced aquatic ecosystem of plants and animals.”
Nitrogen 89% or B+/Phosphorous 100% A+: this is one of three nutrients critical for aquatic plants. The other two are phosphorus and carbon. Too much of a good thing can be a problem, for example too much nitrogen and phosphorous can make algae grow.
Now dear readers, let’s talk about water clarity. Just because we’re not blue like the Florida keys doesn’t mean we’re less than. A few Goldilocks visitors who expect “blue” should know we rate 97% A+ for water clarity. Boiled down that means we have fewer nutrients and better water quality than most of our aquatic cousins. Poor clarity can be caused by eroding stream banks and construction runoff….which boats and waves can make agitate.
We’ll all know this is a great recreation lake, and we have few worries compared with so many others. Our Bacteria level is 93% or a grade A. High levels of bacteria can be a health risk, and can come from leaking septic tanks, sewer overflows, and storm water runoff carrying waste from wildlife. Bacteria levels in our lake are generally safe. It is recommended that after rain events when bacteria levels are up….you might want to nip taking a dip for a day or so.
And now….drumroll please……..our fish tissue rating is….100% Grade A+!!! Bottom line, the fish in Lake Greenwood are safe to eat!
(Next – an article on what we can all do to help keep us great!)
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