Friends of Lake Keowee Society (FOLKS) is an organization dedication to the protection one of the most beautiful lakes in the Southeast: Lake Keowee. Lake Keowee has a surface area of 17,660 acres, is 29 miles long, with 388 miles of shoreline at full pond at an elevation of 800 feet. FOLKS was established in 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of Lake Keowee and its watershed to the economic and recreational well-being of Upstate South Carolina (SC).
Established in 1993, FOLKS is a 501(c) 3 entity whose membership includes individuals, families, and local businesses.
Preserve, protect and enhance Lake Keowee and its watershed through advocacy, conservation, and education.
Who We Are
FOLKS is made up of people like you—people who care about Lake Keowee and recognize the importance the lake plays in the social, economic, and recreational aspects of all our lives. The organization is governed by a Board, elected by its members. We continue to grow our membership, with membership over individuals families, and businesses. FOLKS actively monitors regulatory and environmental issues specific to Lake Keowee and is pro-active in representing membership through dialog with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Duke Energy. FOLKS is also a founder/stakeholder on the Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team.
The Board is focused on information-sharing, which is achieved through The Sentinel, our bi-monthly newsletter, updates to the website and Facebook and Constant Contact emails.
The essence of FOLKS is its volunteers and our accomplishments are the direct result of the dedication and devotion of our membership.
26 Years of Lake Sweeps and Island Cleanups
Habitat Enhancement Programs
o Installation of 6 Osprey Nests Constructed
o Placed 101 Fish Attractors
o Lead the effort to add riprap to specific areas of shoreline at heron nesting islands
o Assembled and installed 20 fishing tackle disposal containers
o Purchased and installed 75 Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes
Performed decades of water quality monitoring
Provide Adopt-a-Stream stream monitoring in several streams in the watershed
Provided technical support in development of the 2020 Lake Keowee Watershed Basin Plan
FOLKS was recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or efforts to improve water quality in the Cane and Little Cane Creek Watershed The South Carolina Environmental Foundation.
FOLKS received the Honor Roll Award from the Izaac Walton League for promoting good conservation and stewardship.
GOALS FOR 2021
Increase participation in the Lake Sweep and Island Keeping activities
Initiate an Adopt-a-Boat Launch with support from Duke and the counties
Apply for 2021 Habitat Enhancement Project grants
Apply for Palmetto Pride Grant to aid with litter pick-up efforts
Increase participation with area schools in the Adopt-a-Stream Program through purchase of kits, training, and outreach.
Continue to promote local, state and national policies that protect lake Keowee and its watershed for effective lake management
FOLKS LEADERSHIP TEAM
Board of Directors:
Dale Wilde, President
Mike White, Chairman
Dave Metzger, Treasurer
Sam Savoca, Secretary
Ben Turetzky, Director Emeritus
Doug Hof, President
Jack Lewis, President
Bob Swank, President
Adopt-An-Island: Paul Gibbons
Building & Grounds: Ken Pankopp
Endowment: Dave Metzger
Events: MaryJo Jeffries
Grants: Dale Wilde
Lake Sweep: Scott Calderwood
Membership: Sam Savoca
Advertising: Mike White
Business Manager: Terri Graham
Website: Sam Savoca
Water Testing: Bill Miller