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Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. South Carolina Rural Water appreciates any information you can provide. It will help me improve the watershed-based planning efforts for protecting and restoring the unique characteristics of the Lake Wateree watersheds. 

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* 1. Do you live in, own land, or own/operate a business in the Lake Wateree watersheds (area shaded in map)?

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* 2. Do you access waters of the Lake Wateree watersheds for fishing, paddling, swimming, boating, or other recreational purposes?

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* 3. Which of the following options do you value about the Lake Wateree watersheds (Choose all that apply).

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* 4. If you own a home or business within the watershed, do you get your drinking water from a public system or a private well?

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* 5. Which do you consider to be the top threat(s) to water quality in Lake Wateree? (Check all that apply)

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* 6. Do you use fertilizer on your property?

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* 7. Is your home or business on a septic system?

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* 8. If you own more than 10 acres of forested land within the Lake Wateree watersheds (area shaded on map), do you actively manage your forested land? If yes, please briefly describe your methods and if government backed cost-share programs are utilized.

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* 9. If you own more than 10 acres of forested land within the Lake Wateree watersheds (area shaded on map), and you do not actively manage your forested land would you be willing to participate in government backed cost-share programs to help fund practices to better manage your forested land? Please explain.

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* 10. Please rate.

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How important is water quality to you for local streams, rivers, and lakes?
How important is recreational use of local streams, rivers, and lakes?
How important to you are healthy fisheries and aquatic conditions for local waters?
How important to you is land conservation for water quality and stream health?

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* 11. Do you think additional measures are needed to protect local streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes as development in watersheds increases?

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* 12. Do you support riparian buffer (vegetated area) requirements at new development sites for protecting streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands?

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* 13. Developers are required by SCDHEC under the Construction General Permit to buffer lakes and streams (30-45 ft) from development activities only during construction. Do you believe these buffers should remain permanent to protect water quality and habitat?

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* 14. Do you support land conservation practices (conservation easements, parks, preserves) as a method to protect drinking water resources?

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* 15. Do you have any concerns with water quality in the Lake Wateree watersheds? Are there any problem areas we should be aware of?

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* 16. Would you like to receive information about future public meetings/workshops about watershed planning, protection, and restoration in the Lake Wateree watersheds?

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