County forming virtual groups to tap public input on water resources

The County’s Stormwater Management Division is launching virtual focus groups to gather public input as the division develops outreach programs to address surface water quality in local streams and creeks.

Richland County residents can sign up for the focus groups on the division’s website, accessible by visiting richlandcountysc.gov and navigating to the Stormwater Management page.

“Creeks and streams lead to our local rivers, and as members of the community we are connected to those waterways,” said Chenille Williams, education program coordinator for Stormwater Management. “Through focus groups, we hope to receive feedback on what citizens care about regarding local water resources while doing what we can to protect surface water quality.”

With the feedback, Williams said, “We are able to use their voices as guides for reaching new audiences with activities and programs relevant to the citizens of Richland County.”

The County plans to host multiple focus groups of eight to 12 people each. The groups will meet virtually for 60 to 90 minutes, and more groups could be added based on interest.

Participants should sign up by Aug. 14 and have access to a computer, laptop or smartphone with Wi-Fi capability. Those who sign up will be contacted to participate in a focus group or receive a survey.

Meetings will be scheduled based on group availability. Participants will receive a thank-you gift.