The lake was considered toxic and classified as a Superfund site, which is any land in the United Stations contaminated by hazardous … "It would be well over a billion dollars, a billion dollars to clean it up," Hargett said. It’s just a lot to take care of.”. Bitte geben Sie ein anderes Datum ein. Hargett has asked DHEC to include a $185,000 proviso in its 2017-2018 budget to fund an engineering study that will help the foundation identify a long-term solution for the dam. Photo by Will Crooks. In an email, the agency stated that while it assigns risk classifications to dams in the state, a dam owner is responsible for maintaining its structural integrity – in this case, that’s the Conestee Foundation, which bought the dam in 2000 and has been trying to find a way to pay for an upgrade ever since. DHEC also would not accommodate an interview. Much of the material ended up trapped by the sediment on the river’s floor; and when the sediment washed downriver, the dam at Conestee Lake would keep most of that sediment from heading all the way down the Reedy to Lake Greenwood and beyond. The dam was rebuilt in 1892 and formed Conestee Lake, and the mill continued operations throughout the mid-twentieth century. Lake Conestee Dam- Reedy River - 10AM on 07 Feb 2020 Update 07 Feb 2020 - After the storm. The cost to build it is currently estimated at $65 million. It would keep any contaminated sludge contained and take pressure off of the existing, stressed wall that is slowly breaking apart (as evidenced by the brittle, glassy crunch of stone flakes underfoot when Hargett and I walked out to the middle of the dam last month), It would also preempt a gargantuan cleanup effort that would involve federal agencies and a whole lot of time and money. Farmer’s comment underscores something that came up again and again in conversations about the Lake Conestee dam – the magnitude of the responsibility for anyone who steps up to pay for it. Helpful. "The concern would be that if there were a failure and those sediments were released what it would do long term for the river and our ability to discharge into the river," ReWa CEO Graham Rich told the News. In 1862 McBee sold the mill to J.W. , the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) latest report card on the country’s infrastructure, according to the state Emergency Management Division. Lake Conestee Dam - 2pm, 06 Feb 2020, ~7000 cfs. Lake Conestee Nature Park. Beautiful! Listen to the story. Lake Tiaroga, covering only 31 acres and being approximately 32 feet in depth near the dam, is our smallest lake; but it makes up in intimacy what it lacks in size. (photo below show crossing at Main Street and Reedy River. National Priority List sites are "sites of national priority among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories," according to the Environmental Protection Agency website. Contaminated soil would move slowly, meaning fallout could be managed, he says. He would rather see the new wall go up – which he estimates would take at least 18 months were it to start today – but doesn’t believe Greenwood County should have to contribute financially to the project. The dam could become a National Priority List site, he said. "Either we can allow failure, or we can step up," Hargett said. But the dam at Lake Conestee Nature Park is suffering from a major trash build up. Not My Dam Problem Lake Conestee Nature Park’s history is a connected story of natural land form (floodplain) leading to land use (dam/industry/farming) and human impacts on the land and water. But it didn't. The foundation was also awarded a $200,000 grant from the EPA in 2011 to perform another major repair. Credit Scott Morgan / South Carolina Public Radio. Flooding effects on Conestee: 'Trash jam' builds at Lake Conestee dam. Finding an insurer – much less a quote – for a dam project is rather slippery, so just what it would cost to insure a dam holding back a football stadium worth of toxic goop is difficult to nail down. Before the 1960s, the Lake Conestee dam served hydroelectric functions. “I can’t really quantify at what level that sediment would eventually make its way down,” he says. As it is at the dam, the site and all the toxins thereon are contained and should’t do anyone any harm, as long as nothing is disturbed. Hawthorn, and W. Perry. Fishing and swimming at Lake Greenwood would cease while cleanup happened, Russian says; and public water would likely be contaminated. 14 contributions 1 helpful vote. “Because we didn’t contribute to the problem, I can’t see us contributing to the solution,” he says. Conestee dam could spell disaster for the Reedy River, owner says. The Conestee dam, spillway and lake were built prior to 1976, but were enhanced in 1892. You’re way low,’ he says. It would be more harmful.". The Conestee mill is also downstream from the dam, and part of the land needed for the project is owned by WCM Global Wealth, which owns the mill property. Years of study by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Duke Energy have concluded that a new wall, built in front of the existing one, is the best solution. “That would be for our council to decide, but I would like to see the ones that contributed to the contamination to be the main ones to contribute financially to the solution.”. Historic Lake Conestee and the Lake Conestee Dam are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with parts of Conestee Mill. I drove through some very questionable neighborhoods around the lake. Natur- & Tierschutzgebiete. It is also an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, a regionally recognized Birding Hotspot, and the Upstate Partner with Audubon-South Carolina. Follow Scott on Twitter @ByScottMorgan. 1 von 1 Aktivitäten in Conestee. “Such insurance would be prohibitively expensive, especially to a small non-profit organization like Conestee Foundation,” Hargett wrote in an email. Hargett adds that contemporary engineers marvel that this old stone masonry structure is still holding up so well – because, he says, this dam could last another 50 years … or blow apart by the time you’re done reading this sentence. "Everybody agrees we gotta do something now," Hargett said. In that time we've gone from 5 miles of trails to 14 miles, including trails on the properties of our partners, City of Greenville, and ReWa; from 2 wildlife … It’s open daily from dawn to dusk. Duke would not provide an interview for this story, but did send a statement. It was a power generation system for an Industrial Age business that, like thousands of other dams in the United States, still stands, far beyond its intended lifespan. Russian says that any contaminated sediment that would reach Lake Greenwood mostly would settle into the 11,000-acre lakebed’s sediment. Owner: Lake Conestee dam must be replaced to prevent catastrophe. When severe flooding hit parts of Greenville County on Feb. 6, Conestee Foundation Executive Director Dave Hargett thought it might be the day the 128-year-old Lake Conestee dam … Hiking, biking, jogging and wildlife observation are permitted. Contact Genna at gcontino@gannett.com or on Twitter @GennaContino. At the point where the road crosses the Reedy River there is a good view of the Historic Lake Conestee Dam which once powered Historic Conestee Mill. Conestee Mill + Dam | Image from National Park Service. Dogs must be leashed at … All you need to participate in this free event is a smart phone + the GooseChase App. Simply building a new wall and leaving it there is not all that has to happen. Like Russian, Field has his own dam to worry about – the one at Boyd Millpond that is quite similar to the one at Lake Conestee in size and scale. Conestee Mill is a historic mill in the unincorporated community of Conestee, in Greenville County, South Carolina.. Archaeological investigations indicate that Cherokee routinely used the area as a camp site during the colonial period. Now, it only serves as a waste containment structure. 1 von 1 Aktivitäten in Conestee. Other entrances are located at 840 Mauldin Road., 701 Fork Shoals Road., 1 Spanco Drive. “It’s a liability and an asset. But, "Nobody wants to get their wallets out.". Jeff Field has a similar perspective. Lake Ticoa, covering almost 75 acres, is Connestee Falls’ second-largest and deepest body of water. “When I looked an EPA official in the eye and told them the story, and used that number, he said, ‘No. Hargett said $58.5 million would come from private entities, but he would not provide specifics. From plastic bottles, trash bags, and even soda cans. "We can’t stop it.”. Now it will take on a new life as a multi-use development. Even though there was a smaller dam, the new dam was built to increase power to the mill. Now, the Conestee Foundation, the nonprofit that purchased the lake property in 2000, is trying to prevent the dam’s failure. Hargett said he's confident he'll raise the money to complete the dam by the end of 2022, but ReWa CEO Graham Rich, a stakeholder in the dam project, said the completion date is ambitious. Hawthorn, and W. Perry. Lake Ticoa. But it still worries him to think about a dam failure at Lake Conestee, and he says that the cost and time of cleanup would almost certainly demand federal and state help. Scott Morgan is the Upstate Multimedia Reporter for South Carolina Public Radio. The lake’s surface is 2950 feet above sea level. It is also an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, a regionally recognized Birding Hotspot, and the Upstate Partner with Audubon-South Carolina. 0:40. Once covering 130 acres, the lake slowly filled with sediment from industrial waste making the once vast body of water only about 90 percent of its original size. Lake Conestee Nature Park: Easy trails great for anyone - See 68 traveler reviews, 121 candid photos, and great deals for Conestee, SC, at Tripadvisor. If you visit walk down to the dam at … Read more. Hargett said $6.5 million will come from public stakeholders, and $1 million of that was approved by a proviso by the South Carolina House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 19. While Lake Greenwood is a popular recreation spot, it’s also the public water supply, which is why Russian cares so much about what happens upriver. “Volumetrically, that’s about 2.3 million cubic yards,” Hargett says. “That is enough to fill [the Carolina] Panthers’ football stadium to the brim over once, maybe twice.”. It was re-opened in 1946 until 1971. That mill is the reason this dam – 585 feet across, 28 feet tall, and up to 10 feet thick – exists in the first place. That mill is the reason this dam – 585 feet across, 28 feet tall, and up to 10 feet thick – exists in the first place. In 1794, a 200-acre parcel of land on both sides of the Reedy River, including the land occupied by the Conestee Mill and dam, was deeded to one Andrew Nelson. It was a power generation system for an Industrial Age business that, like thousands of other dams in the United States, still stands, far beyond its intended lifespan. Ryan Mosier who works in communications for Duke Energy said the company has been a part of "important conversations among many stakeholders in and near Greenville County concerning the future of Lake Conestee dam.". (Photo by Will Crooks) One, being able to get the land just to do the work.". (Greenville News) Civic Dave Hargett is the co-founder of the Conestee Foundation, a small nonprofit that owns the dam six miles south of Downtown Greenville. Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is a 406 acre state-designated Wildlife Sanctuary; a conservation space for wild things, a world apart. Russian oversees the maintenance of the dam at Lake Greenwood, about 50 miles south of Lake Conestee. "You can't practically do it. We’re working with parties that may have contributed to the contamination. Detailed information about dams in the United States is available through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, More information about Lake Conestee and the Conestee Foundation is available. No one, not even the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), can say how much it would cost, nor how much time it would take to clean up the problem, should Lake Conestee’s dam fail. On LAKE CONESTEE DAM: All is good, and we don't yet see any particular damages to our 128 yr old dam from the big storm. Field is the executive director of the Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission, and says that Laurens also did not contribute to the ever-increasing pile of metals-rich sediment sitting behind the Lake Conestee dam. The walk out to the dam at Lake Conestee is a short downhill/uphill, past the remains of an old mill that died decades ago. ... You can also observe the dam from here. When severe flooding hit parts of Greenville County on Feb. 6, Conestee Foundation Executive Director Dave Hargett thought it might be the day the 128-year-old Lake Conestee dam — and the 2.3 million cubic yards of toxic sediment it contains — finally gave way and washed downstream. Its old-school stone masonry is an engineering marvel, but a close look shows the dam's advanced age. Get directions, find nearby businesses and places, and much more. Limited to 30 students per day. Students will discover these connections and more through three stations: History/Human Impact; Soil/Land; river morphology/impact of dams. Conestee Nature Park is 400 acres of woodlands and wetlands surrounding the shallow lake and along the Reedy River. 68 Bewertungen. Students will discover these connections and more through three stations: History/Human Impact; Soil/Land; river morphology/impact of … Lots of other birds easy to spot when the leaves have fallen. The existing dam is on the National Register of Historic places and will remain in place, Hargett said. The Conestee Foundation owns the Lake Conestee dam and is, as far as DHEC is concerned, responsible for its health. The next stop was a short distance away at the Elrod Ferry Recreation Area which is a wooded peninsula sticking out into Lake Hartwell. So this is why all of the entities with a stake in the health of this dam agree that building a new wall is the safest, cheapest, and best option. While the Conestee Foundation won’t be leaning on the city for funding its dam solution, it may very well request municipal dollars to help fund the construction of its brand new conservation center at the park, according to Hargett. Nearly all those 700 dams are older than 30 years and overall. The current dam that forms Lake Conestee was built in 1892. Lake Conestee’s polluted water is currently kept at bay by a stone masonry dam built in 1892, according to Hargett. Photo by Ken Osborn, The Greenville News. The historic resources in this complex are Conestee Mill, built by 1876, with significant additions in 1884, and by 1893, 1898, 1902, 1920, and the 1950s; the Company Store/Mill Office/Post Office, built in 1919; and Conestee Dam and Spillway and Conestee Lake, created and built prior to 1876 and enhanced in 1892. Mercury and vanadium. February 6. Even though there was a smaller dam, the new dam was built to increase power to the mill. If the dam were to fail, ReWa could most likely continue to discharge but would have more restrictions. Hinweis: Benutzer haben gemeldet, dass ein Abschnitt dieses Trails derzeit aufgrund von Beschädigungen geschlossen ist. There are about 84,000 dams of various sizes and capacities in the United States; about 700 are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is a partner agency with the Conestee Foundation. But the foundation couldn’t pay for a new dam wall if it tried. The mill was a large employer in the area and turned a profit from it's opening until it closed in 1939. Winter terrain is interesting. The dam was rebuilt in 1892 and formed Conestee Lake, and the mill continued operations throughout the mid-twentieth century. Lake Conestee Nature Park consists of 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat just 6 miles from downtown Greenville, SC. "We don't want to own this anymore. That’s why Duke is in this conversation. Once covering 130 acres, the lake slowly filled with sediment from industrial waste making the once vast body of water only about 90 percent of its original size. But he is sure the dam at Boyd Millpond would get overwhelmed. 68 Bewertungen. And the dam could last another 50 years, or blow today. A new dam is set to be built just 10 ft. downstream from the Lake Conestee dam. Two large Pileated woodpeckers and another heron at South Bay. Dams that are considered in "poor condition" need "remedial action" and have uncertainties that identify a "potential dam safety deficiency," according to DHEC. How I Converted A VAN into an OFF GRID CAMPER for under $3,000 - Duration: 43:14. Though I have no idea of how you get to the dam though I see people out there. Lake Conestee Nature Park rebrands as a preserve, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy, Creation of new owner entity, transfer of properties and legal and administrative costs - $22 million. If it were to fail, it would be catastrophic, Hargett said. Hargett has asked DHEC to include a $185,000 proviso in its 2017-2018 budget to fund an engineering study that will help the foundation identify a long-term solution for the dam. It's too much liability.". He also says that a collapsed dam would not necessarily be a scene from a disaster movie this far downriver. So a few weeks ago I decided to head to the nature preserve. We have not come to any type of agreement on future plans," WCM Global Wealth real estate director Todd Hardaway said in an email to The News. What’s good about toxic sludge being locked up by gluey sediment in one place is that literal tons of poison never made it to the communities south of Greenville County and into the state’s network of waterways that hub out of Lake Greenwood. Lake Conestee dam on Thursday, February 2, 2017. "If we lost the dam, it wouldn't just be an environmental catastrophe, it would be an economic catastrophe," Hargett said. Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is a 406 acre state-designated Wildlife Sanctuary; a conservation space for wild things, a world apart. There are numerous potential sources of impacted sediment at the dam. One of the most frustrating things for those entities looking for a solution is the fact that the businesses that created the environmental problem all those decades ago are generally not in business anymore. Hargett says he used to estimate the financial cost of the dam breaking to be a billion dollars or so, based on comparable analysis of other sites around the country. The nonprofit had to repair the dam in 2001 after a gate unclogged and released toxic sediment downstream. Even Ray Farmer, the director of the South Carolina Department of insurance, can’t say what it would take to insure a dam, much less one of the scope of the one at Lake Conestee. Work continues on those challenges and on the historic Lake Conestee Dam (now 129 years old), so the CF/LCNP team will continue that work going forward. A Most Unexpected SC Rarity, Lake Conestee Nature Preserve, SC, November 19, 2020 ... And a slow walk through the pine forest near the dam yielded a nice collection of landbirds but none of my targets. That is "Big Water" for a little river. Fed by water from Lake Tiaroga and other small tributaries, it is approximately 92 feet deep, its surface is 2810 feet above sea level. In the twentieth century the City of Greenville and twelve mills and mill villages upstream from Conestee discharged their sewage and industrial wastes into the Reedy River and therefore into Conestee Lake. “You know it’s something that can be improved upon with this project – let’s do it.”. This dam also provided electricity to the community of Conestee before Greenville ever had electricity. This is the part that confused me. Foggy morning on Conestee lake, SC - Duration: 1:27. aditya yerra 107 views. At least 214 bird species have been reported, and the National Audubon Societyhas designated th… Hargett said the toxic sediment trapped behind the dam is responsible for the dam's poor rating. 1 Lake Conestee Dam V i ew of H str c L CD a nd Mill from Spanco Dr. 2 South Bay Observation Deck Wildlife Viewing / Teaching Area 3 C res c ntS lou ghOb v aiD k W d f V w / T A 4 "Ro ck G ard en Amp hit T g 5 L earni gC cl T h A 6 Sho rtl eaf T c ing 7 Piedmont Seeps T eaching Ar 8 M aro wB neC k Wys idl f V g The south end of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is off Conestee Road. After crossing the bridge turn right on one-way Spanco Drive; this is where the parking lot for the first south entrance (S1) is; it’ll be to your right just after passing the mill. Conestee Mill Conestee Mill, Industriegebäude, ist in South Carolina.Conestee Mill ist liegt in der Nähe von Main Street Village, nahe bei South Carolina Noname 23016 D-2876 Dam. South Carolina Noname 23016 D-2876 Dam South Carolina Noname 23016 D-2876 Dam ist ein Damm in South Carolina.South Carolina Noname 23016 D-2876 Dam ist liegt westlich von Sunset Forest, nahe bei Conestee … Published February 9, 2017 in The Greenville Journal. “If it blows, it blows,” he says. Zinc and copper. Hargett said simply cleaning up the toxic sediment isn't an option. Lake Conestee was originally created by the construction of a dam for hydroelectric power at Conestee Mill in 1892. By Andrew Moore, The Greenville Journal. Jennifer M wrote a review Jul 2019. In 1862 McBee sold the mill to J.W. Von Mapcarta, die freie Karte. According to GuideStar, the Conestee Foundation reports $411,448 in gross receipts and holds assets of just over $3.6 million. The Conestee Foundation has struggled to contain the lake’s sediment for more than a decade. Published February 4, 2017 in The Greenville News. 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