Sandhills | Web of Water

In this webisode, Ian Sanchez discovered that the web of water strings together friends and family as they passed through the Sandhills and Fall Line Zone. The heavy paddle through the undeveloped stretch of the Saluda below Lake Greenwood widened and joined with other tributaries at the mouth of Lake Murray. Read more of his summary below:

Ian's Journal

This thread of the web of water strings together friends and family as we pass through the Sandhills and Fall Line Zone. The heavy paddle through the undeveloped stretch of the Saluda below Lake Greenwood widened and joined with other tributaries at the mouth of Lake Murray. There I found a familiar sign on a spectacular peninsula saying: "Welcome! Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints" - Hodge Harmon. The ground crew met me there and we were treated to a fire side conversation with Mr. Harmon himself.

A paddle through Lake Murray brought us past tiny islands teeming with wildlife and finally to Dreher Island State Park. There we interviewed Chief Louie Chavis from the Beaver Creek tribe. The next day we learned a great deal from Karen Kustafik about the canals, fish ladder, power plants, and the exotic and native plants of Columbia's Riverfront Park. We were even treated to a geology lesson from a chance meeting with David Shelly, Education Coordinator from Congaree National Park.

We then traveled on to Saluda Shoals State Park where the entire 3rd grade class of Nursery Roads Middle School met us near the river's edge to learn about plants from the local rangers and the web of water.

Scavenger Hunt

Find the answers to these questions in Webisode 3: Sandhills!

1. What 3 rivers come together at a confluence in the Sandhills?

2. How does flooding contribute to a “dynamic system” between the rivers?

3. How does silt deposited along the Broad from upstream help the health of floodplain forests along the river?

4. How is it possible that the water in your body might have been drank by a dinosaur?