FOLKS is an organization of over 2,000 members whose mission is to:
Preserve, protect and enhance Lake Keowee and its watershed through conservation, science, education and good governance so that the lake remains clean, safe and beautiful for the community, users, visitors, area businesses and future generations.
WHO WE ARE:
FOLKS’ volunteers work hard to find and make available reliable information about issues affecting Lake Keowee – water quality and the impact of proposed changes; Through Community Forums, The Sentinel and Constant Contact emails , FOLKS fosters a constructive exchange of information and cooperation between landowners, lake users, businesses, educators, scientists, governments and conservationists.
While DHEC tests water occasionally, no one else--only FOLKS--regularly monitors water quality lakewide. Through grants and volunteers, FOLKS maintains a consistent check on water quality and brings issues to the public’s attention when appropriate.
FOLKS originated bi-annual Lake Sweep at our inception in 1993, and the Adopt an Island Program a couple years later. In 23 years, over 20,000 bags of trash have been removed from the Lake Keowee bottom and shoreline by volunteers like yourself. Imagine that amount of trash floating in Lake Keowee or sinking to areas where fish breed.
FOLKS promotes local, state and national policies that protect Lake Keowee and the area watershed and encourages effective lake management.
FOLKS Leadership Team
Jack Lewis, President
John Schmid, Secretary
Ed Weiland, Treasurer
Bob Swank, Past President
Dr. Larry Dyck
Dr. John Hains
Dr. Carl Sawyer
FOLKS was recognized by the EPA for the work done in the Cane and Little Cane Creek Watershed to improve water quality; by The South Carolina Environmental Foundation and received the Honor Roll Award from the Izaac Walton League for promoting good conservation and stewardship.
Our active participation as a stakeholder in the recent Relicensing was instrumental in including the: Source Water Protection Program; Dock Extension Opportunity; and the Habitat Enhancement (HEP) Program.
OMBUDSMANIf any resident has an issue or questions such as
- how do I report erosion on the property next door
- what are the various buffer requirements
- can people cut trees down to the shoreline
- where can I have my soil tested before over fertilizing
- why is grass-like stuff growing along the shoreline next door
FOLKS' leadership developed an important relationship with Clemson University whereby we provide graduate student stipends and work with various departments as well as the Clemson Extension Service on projects.
FOLKS works closely with Duke Energy, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)/US Department of Agriculture. These relationships are integral to FOLKS fulfilling our mission.
FOLKS monitors environmental issues, particularly those that may impact the Upstate and FOLKS has been instrumental in positive, new regulations and policies in Oconee and Pickens Counties.
Adopt-An-Island -- Jack Lewis
Building & Grounds -- Open
Endowment -- Open
Events -- MaryJo Jeffries
Grants -- Open
Lake Sweep -- Scott Calderwood
Business/Corporate: Ben Turetzky
Ombudsman -- Bob Cassam
Advertising: Rick Sommer
Business Manager: Terri Graham
Editor/Layout: Judy Koepnick
Chl "a" -- Bill Miller
E coli -- Bob Swank
Website -- GBA Productions