This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
As one of South Carolina’s 46 conservation districts, the BSWCD was chartered in 1943 and is committed to the conservation, stewardship and wise use of our abundant natural resources.
The development of a paddling trail system for Berkeley County for public recreation and eco-system based tourism was a natural fit. With a long history of utilizing partnerships and open participation, the final phase of the Berkeley Blueways Paddling Trails culminated in August 2007. It was recognized that natural resources based recreation and eco-tourism are highly desirable activities and of growing importance to the public and business community. To that end, the Berkeley Soil & Water Conservation District secured a partnership with SC Department of Natural Resources, Berkeley County, Santee Cooper, US Forest Service and a local paddling group known as the Berkeley Gypsy Paddlers. The partnership researched this issue, developed community participation and support, and investigated a number of potential paddling trails.