conservation

Richland County conservationist named Educator of the Year

Chanda Cooper, Richland County Conservation Commission’s education program coordinator, has put together some unique activities to get children and adults interested in environmentalism. Whether its making tree costumes with a classroom of children or having a group of teachers write raps and songs about water droplets, Cooper knows how to make conservation education interactive and fun. Richland County Conservation Commission…

Chapin, Lexington residents look skyward with Arbor Day plantings

Two Lexington County towns have planted nearly 30 trees this year culminating with Arbor Day celebrations. Residents in Chapin created a what they think will be a future tourism draw with the strategic planting of 31 sequoia trees. The sky-high movement began in 2014 with Chapin High students, Chapin Garden Club members, nursery owner James Bryan and tree enthusiast Lill Mood. James…

UPDATE: Officials urge Columbia residents to conserve water; shut down irrigation

Columbia officials are asking residents to conserve water as efforts to repair the city’s breached canal continue. Repairs on the Columbia Canal continued Friday (photo by Allen Wallace). “We are urging citizens to minimize water usage until further notice,” Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said Friday. Officials reiterated that contingency plans are in place, and rumors of a city-wide water shutdown…