The Catawba River added another jewel to its crown Wednesday when it was officially deemed a scenic river.
Gov. Mark Sanford visited for a signing ceremony to give the designation to a 30-mile stretch from Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge.
"It was a little wet, but we had a good turnout," said Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman. "This was a day of the river saying, 'Thanks for recognizing my beauty,' but still asking for more help."
The designation allows conservationists, landowners and public officials to convene as an official advisory group on river-related concerns.