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Water Quality:
Surface Water Registration Moratorium

Our Position: support
Bill Number: H.4794
Sponsor: Reps. J.E. Smith and Taylor
Legislative Session: 2014

5/13/14: This joint resolution would put a moratorium in effect for any future registrations or expansion of existing registrations (under DHEC) for surface water withdrawals, upon its passage, until December 31, 2015. Nothing in this bill would impact the use of existing registrations from December 1, 2011 through the date of this resolution's signage into law. Nothing in this joint resolution prohibits a proposed or existing withdrawer of surface water for agricultural uses from obtaining a permit to withdraw surface water.

Status

5/13/14: This joint resolution would put a moratorium in effect for any future registrations or expansion of existing registrations (under DHEC) for surface water withdrawals, upon its passage, until December 31, 2015. Nothing in this bill would impact the use of existing registrations from December 1, 2011 through the date of this resolution's signage into law. Nothing in this joint resolution prohibits a proposed or existing withdrawer of surface water for agricultural uses from obtaining a permit to withdraw surface water.

Action Needed

Contact members of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee and tell them to support this bill and to call for a subcommittee hearing on this bill in 2014!

If your Representative is not on this Committee, please contact your Representative and ask them to support the bill and to call for a subcommittee hearing on it.

To find your Representative, please use the "Find Your Legislators" application in the bottom, left corner of the main page, found here.

More information

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess120_2013-2014/bills/4794.htm

Background

As an outcome of the scare presented by the originally proposed withdrawals along the South Fork of the Edisto River, we have come up with a set of principals which should guide future changes to future surface water withdrawal law changes in our state. They are here.

For more background on what happened with the proposals along the Edisto, read our 2014 Winter Congaree Chronicle.

     
     

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