Preserving Nature & Controlling Pollutants
in Elgin

We have created this page to help educate, preserve and protect the environment of the Town of Elgin. 
Managing stormwater runoff, reducing pollutants, and protecting our native wildlife are all ways that you can get involved to help maintain our precious Town.
We will provide education and local events here!

Kershaw County needs your input!

Participate in the Kershaw County Stormwater Survey.
Scan the QR code of visit this link to participate and submit your input to help improve the community.
2024 Elgin Community Survey
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What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a depressed area in the landscape planted with grasses and flowering perennials, rain gardens can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff from your property.
Help filter out pollutants, Provide shelter for native wildlife, Promote pollinator productivity, Enhance groundwater storage, Reduce flood risk and… the upkeep is minimal!!
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Keep Fats, Oils & Grease Out Of Your Drain!

Keep bacteria out of our waterways by disposing of FOG the right way!
Large amounts of cooking oil (>1 gallon) can be brought to your local convenience and recycling center.  Smaller amounts of fats, oils, and grease can be cooled and placed in your household trash.

Do Your Part. Be Septic Smart!!

By regularly maintaining and inspecting your septic system you not only save money in the long run, you can also prevent unwanted bacteria from reaching storm drains, culverts, and waterways!
Stop by Town Hall or the Elgin Library to pick up SCDHEC’s Septic System Homeowner’s Guide and Record Keeping folder to ensure you stay on track with maintenance for a healthy septic system!
Septic Smart September

Did you know a healthy waterway can depend on your lawn care practices?

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Did you know that planting near the waterways can help wildlife and maintain water quality?

Streamside Buffers Protect Water Quality
Streamside Buffers Protect Water Quality

Go Native!

If you’re gearing up for spring gardening, make sure you’re going native!

Going with native plants not only provides food and habitat for our native wildlife, it can also help with our water resources!
Native plants are naturally adapted to the conditions of South Carolina and require less irrigation and little to no fertilizers, helping to reduce excess nutrients in runoff. The aboveground growth slows water running off the landscape, while the root system can allow water to soak into the ground.
CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL PLANT LISTS:

» Clemson Extension Plant Database
» SC Native Plant List

Discover plants valuable to wildlife and beneficials, and learn how to choose the right plants for your region.

GO NATIVE_NATIVE PLANTS
Going with native plants not only provides food and habitat for our native wildlife, it can also help with our water resources!
Native plants are naturally adapted to the conditions of South Carolina and require less irrigation and little to no fertilizers, helping to reduce excess nutrients in runoff. The aboveground growth slows water running off the landscape, while the root system can allow water to soak into the ground.
GO NATIVE_NATIVE PLANTS
CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL PLANT LISTS:

» Clemson Extension Plant Database
» SC Native Plant List

Discover plants valuable to wildlife and beneficials, and learn how to choose the right plants for your region.

Proper disposal to help keep our waters clean, also involves wildlife carcass disposal. Avoid surface disposal. Learn the Do's and Don'ts.

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keep our waterways clean
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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

Check back later for upcoming events!