Weekend Recap: July 17, 2017

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Sewage spill pollutes Catawba River

Staff reports

S.C. DHEC and environmental officials are warning the public to avoid recreational use along parts of the Catawba River after a broken pipe in south Charlotte dumped as much as 200,000 gallons of raw sewage into a Sugar Creek tributary Friday.

DHEC spokeswoman Andrianna Bradley said the department posted signs at the Landsford Canal State Park and the Catawba Indian Nation launch, warning of the potential for bacterial infections due to the spills.

Bradley said no signs were posted at boat launches or recreation areas farther downriver in Lancaster or Chester counties. She said any danger should pass by midweek.

“DHEC has performed modeling, which indicates the spill should pass downstream from Landsford Canal and the Catwaba Nation landing later this evening,” Bradley said Monday. “Based on this information, we will be able to recommend removal of the notices Wednesday morning.”

Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Director Stephen White said Lancaster County’s drinking water, which comes from the Catawba, is not threatened by the spill. He said crews are monitoring the spill’s progress and will switch to onsite reservoirs for water until it passes.

According to Catawba River Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Charlotte Water learned of the spill at Kings Branch near Exit 4 on I-77 Friday morning.

A spokeswoman for Charlotte Water did not return a phone call requesting information on the incident.

The spill took all day Friday to contain. The undiluted raw sewage flowed out of the branch toward Sugar Creek for hours, producing cloudy water and “an extremely strong odor,” Perkins said.

Sugar Creek runs out of Pineville and forms the Lancaster/York county line at the tip of the Panhandle. The creek joins the Catawba River near the end of River Road in Indian Land west of Indian Land High School and just north of Sun City Carolina Lakes.

Though DHEC expected to raise the warning Wednesday, Perkins urged continued caution along the entire Lancaster County stretch of the Catawba River, saying tracking of such spills is not as “elaborate“ as would be expected.

“It’s tough to say when conditions will be able to be certified as safe again,” Perkins said. “But there needs to be an abundance of caution whenever you deal with bacterial contamination, especially raw sewage.”

Be sure to pick up this week's issues of The Lancaster News for more coverage on this topic and more.


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Today's Events

Cedar Creek revival July 17-19

Cedar Creek Methodist Church, 3320 J.B. Denton Road, Lancaster, will hold its revival at 7 p.m. July 17-19. The Rev. Kenneth Cauthen will speak.

USCL Arts and Sciences Adventure Camp

USC Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, will hold the second session of its Arts and Sciences Adventure Camp July 17-20. The camp is for rising sixth- through ninth-graders and includes applied mathematics and science activities, computer applications and fitness activities. 

It costs $60 and includes a T-shirt and camp supplies. For details or to register, call Dwayne Brown at (803) 313-7037 or e-mail dwayneb@mailbox.sc.edu.

Summer Smarts: Arts and Sciences summer camps

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts 2017 Summer Smarts: Arts and Sciences summer camp dates are:

- July 17-21, Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 5908 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster.

Camp runs from 9 a.m.- noon each day. Registration is $90 for members and $105 for non-members and includes daily snacks, T-shirt and supplies. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities are available. For details, call (803) 285-7451.

County council meets

The Lancaster County Council meeting is 6 p.m. July 17 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

Kershaw Town Council meets

The Kershaw Town Council meeting is 7 p.m. July 17 at Kershaw Town Hall, 113 S. Hampton St., Kershaw.


Tomorrow's Events

Sons of Confederate Vets meet July 18

Witherspoon-Barnes Camp #1445 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 18 in the Elgin Boy Scout Hut across from Elgin Fire Department, 114 Kershaw Camden Highway, Lancaster. Author Patricia McNeely will speak on Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Confederate Gold. All are welcome. For details, call George Bragdon at (803) 287-2095.

County planning commission meets

The Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting is 6:30 p.m. July 18 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St. 

PV fire district board meets

The Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District Commission meeting is 7 p.m. July 18 at the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 9370 Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land.

Town of Heath Springs to meet

The Town of Heath Springs regular meeting is at 7:00 p.m. July 18 in Heath Springs Town Hall, 103 Duncan St., Heath Springs.

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