Managing the Lakes for All South Carolinians is Santee Cooper’s Job

Managing the Lakes for All South Carolinians is Santee Cooper’s Job

Managing the Lakes for All South Carolinians is Santee Cooper’s Job

I have been a resident of South Carolina for a little over six years now and have enjoyed seeing the different sights nature has to offer since moving here.

The Santee Cooper Lakes, Marion and Moultrie, are a great place to relax and enjoy nature. What I didn't realize, though, is the amount of work it takes to keep these waters healthy for Santee Cooper’s two water systems that treat water from both reservoirs, and for fishing, boating, and other pursuits.

I recently had the amazing opportunity of going out on the lakes. I joined Carl Bussells and Judson Riser, both Santee Cooper environmental specialists, to see what their typical workday is like.

“Every day is different,” they both said. The duo performs a lot of different tasks, from water testing to monitoring and controlling non-native, invasive plants, such as hydrilla and crested floating heart. They also keep an eye out for any new unwanted species that may find a foothold.

Bussells and Riser work hard and get their hands dirty daily, so South Carolinians from all over can come to enjoy these amazing lakes, our state’s largest freshwater resource. We appreciate everything they do. To learn more, go to https://www.santeecooper.com/Lakes.

Author Cole Lowery

Cole Lowery

Cole Lowery is a multimedia intern in Santee Cooper’s Public Relations department. Having grown up in Summerville, South Carolina, he is now a rising senior studying visual communications in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. This summer, he is focusing primarily on photography and videography in preparation for a career as a photo journalist.

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