DILLON, SC (August 15, 2018)—The Open Space Institute (OSI), the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) and Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT) today announced a major land conservation achievement aimed at improving the water quality of the Little Pee Dee River. The project will permanently protect 78 acres near the source of the 116-mile river.
The “Little Pee Dee River” property, located outside the town of Dillon, SC, consists of forested wetlands important for wildlife, groundwater recharge and water quality. As a result of this important conservation project, the property will be permanently protected from future cutting or disturbance. Research has shown that intact watershed forests act as a natural filter to clean drinking water downstream and can moderate the flow of water, reducing the risk of flooding downstream.