The Wildlife and Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) Program is designed to give corporate landowners and their employees a framework for integrating wildlife habitat needs into corporate land management decisions.
In 1998, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) initiated the W.A.I.T. Program at its Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP). The program is a natural extension to ReWa's mission of providing the community with a cleaner environment. The W.A.I.T. Program also allows ReWa volunteers to expand their commitment to the environment by giving them a framework for enhancing the wildlife habitats at their Upstate plant sites.
W.A.I.T. is a registered program of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation which is in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. With their assistance, ReWa volunteers have worked together to design comprehensive W.A.I.T. plans.
These plans include building and installing bird boxes, creating foot trails and wildlife viewing areas, and enhancing various wildlife habitats. As their first project, volunteers built and installed nearly 40 bluebird boxes at ReWa's Mauldin Road Plant. At this time, three plants have been certified for the W.A.I.T. program including Mauldin Road WWTP, Durbin Creek WWTP, and Gilder Creek WWTP. Food plots and natural plantings have been the focus at Mauldin Road WWTP with the advent of the Swamp Rabbit Trail running through the property to Conestee Park.
For more information about the W.A.I.T. Program, please call 864-299-4000.