Furman University Swan Lake Restoration Project

Furman University, Greenville, SC

This project aims to restore seepage wetland habitat and improve water quality of Swan Lake in the Reedy River watershed by building floating marsh islands. The project will be the basis for student-faculty ecological research and community education.

Counties Impacted:

  • Greenville County

​This project works to reduce siltation in Swan Lake, improving water quality in the lake and downstream.  It also enhances wildlife habitat and viewing opportunities, expands public water access and works to educates students and the public on the importance of water resources.  This education comes through the project’s incorporation in laboratory classwork as a living learning lab resource, programing through the Shi Center and public signage around the project to education our community as they visit the lake to exercise and relax with family and friends.

— Kelly Grant Purvis, Associate Director, Shi Center for Sustainability



The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.