LKSWPT News & Events

100 Septic Tank Repairs

We're thrilled to announce a milestone achievement at Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team.

As of today, we've successfully assisted in fixing failing septic tanks for 100 households since our journey began on October 21, 2020. 🌿 These interventions aren't just about repairs; they represent a commitment to environmental stewardship and community well-being.

With each fix, we're making a tangible impact on our ecosystem. 💧 Our efforts result in a remarkable reduction of 2.42E12 bacteria load annually, along with 1,220 pounds of phosphorus and 61,000 pounds of nitrogen. That's a total nutrient reduction of 62,220 pounds per year! 🌱

Thank you to our dedicated team and supportive community for making this achievement possible. Here's to many more milestones as we continue our mission to protect our environment and promote sustainability. 🌍


Lake Keowee Litter Sweep

Help keep Lake Keowee clean! Join Friends of Lake Keowee Society - FOLKS for a Litter Sweep May 4-12. It's time to roll up our sleeves, protect our pristine shores, and keep Lake Keowee beautiful for generations to come. Mark your calendars and let's sweep away litter for a cleaner, greener future!

Sweeps are sponsored by FOLKS, Duke Energy, and PalmettoPride. Volunteer sign-up is available on or email Scott Calderwood at 

Save the Date - Stakeholder Meeting

Save the Date! Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team is excited to announce another stakeholder meeting coming up in September 2024! Join us as we discuss vital strategies to safeguard our precious source water. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

FOLKS Announces the 2024 Jack Lewis Watershed Stewardship Scholarship

Friends of Lake Keowee Society (FOLKS) is proud to provide financial support for college to a high school student who shows a strong interest in natural resource conservation and the environment. The Jack Lewis Watershed Stewardship Scholarship is named in honor of Jack Lewis, whose time with the Friends of Lake Keowee Society spanned 24 years. Jack’s enthusiastic attitude, keen sense of duty, and good heart were evident throughout his tenure.


Area high school sophomores and juniors can obtain more information and apply for the scholarship by visiting All Applications are due November 17, 2023.

April 2023 Septic Program Update

The Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team has completed 17 repairs and replacements January through April 2023, and a total of 58 projects.

March 2023 Septic Program Update

As of March 2023, LKSWPT has provided grants to assist with 13 septic tank repairs and replacements for 2023. Grant funds provided by SCDHEC 319 grant. 

Rain Barrel Sale with Anderson & Pickens Stormwater Partners

Anderson & Pickens Stormwater Partners are hosting a rain barrel sale on April 5th from 3-6pm at T. Ed. Garrison Arena & Expo Center (1101 West Queen St., Pendleton, SC 29670).  Preorder yours by March 26th at

Watershed Protection Meeting At Capacity

Thank you to all who have RSVP’d for the Watershed Protection Meeting with Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team. We have reached our maximum amount of RSVP’s and are no longer accepting new ones. We look forward to seeing those who have RSVP’d previously at our meeting February 9th. 

Watershed Protection Meeting
Watershed Protection Meeting

Join us February 9th from 5-7pm to learn about what we do. There will be light refreshments and guest speakers. Please RSVP to by January 26th, 2023. 

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