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Water Quality:
Surface Water Withdrawal and Reporting Act

Our Position: support, with concerns
Bill Number: S.428
Sponsor: Senator Hayes - Rock Hill
Legislative Session: 07/08

TO PROVIDE THAT USE OF THE WATERS OF THE STATE ON NONRIPARIAN LAND IS LAWFUL AND REQUIRES EQUAL CONSIDERATION WITH A USE ON A RIPARIAN LAND IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE OR JUDICIAL PROCEEDING RELATING TO AN ALLOCATION, WITHDRAWAL, OR USE OF WATER, OR TO A MODIFICATION OF A WATER RIGHT, AND VARIOUS PROVISIONS REGARDING THE PERMITTING AND REGULATION OF SURFACE WATER WITHDRAWERS; TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SHALL PROMULGATE A REGULATION PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 4, TITLE 49, RELATING TO SURFACE WATER WITHDRAWAL, PERMITTING, AND REPORTING, TO ESTABLISH A FEE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER, AND TO PROVIDE THAT UNTIL THE NEW REGULATION IS PROMULGATED, REGULATION 61-113, RELATED TO GROUNDWATER USE AND REPORTING, MUST REMAIN IN EFFECT; AND TO REPEAL CHAPTER 21, TITLE 49, RELATING TO THE INTERBASIN TRANSFER OF WATER.

Status

  http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/428.htm                   

Action Needed

Your help is needed to make sure that the voices of conservationists, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts are heard on one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the legislature this session.  On Wednesday, March 19, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider S.428, the Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use and Reporting Act, which establishes regulations for large withdrawals of surface water. This meeting is open to the public and your presence is needed. However, at this meeting testimony will come only from industry and DNR.

Historically, our state has enjoyed an abundance of surface water in its rivers, streams, and lakes. This abundance has provided ample opportunities to enjoy fishing and boating, while meeting the water requirements of industries important to our state’s economy and drinking water for our citizens.

Every day, vast amounts of water are withdrawn from South Carolina’s rivers with no oversight. Recent water shortages have prompted South Carolina to consider the possibility that in the future too many surface water withdrawals might leave too little water for existing industrial users, traditional recreation, and fish habitat and boating.

A severe and prolonged drought in South Carolina has contributed to record declines in both groundwater and surface water. More than half the state’s population relies on surface water for drinking, and our population is projected to increase 30% by 2030. Now is the time to protect and manage this critical resource.

All of the stakeholders, including conservationists, industry, municipal water suppliers and agriculture appear to agree that a permitting process is necessary and support legislation that would give South Carolina the authority to regulate and manage its finite surface water resources, but there is considerable disagreement on the amount of water that must be left in our rivers for fish habitat and boating.  In order to protect the interests of the citizens, communities and the environment, S.428 must include strong minimum instream flow and minimum water level standards. These standards must protect the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the surface water.

Industry is insisting that they be granted use of 80% of the annual mean daily flow while allocating a woefully inadequate 20 % for fisheries and boating. This meager stream flow will could disrupt the function of our rivers for fish spawning and navigation and turn flowing rivers into small streams.

Please take a minute to call or email the members of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources listed below. Your help is critical to our success in protecting our rivers for fishing, aquatic habitat and recreation.

The entire bill can be found on the web by clicking on the following link: http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/428.htm

The members of the Agriculture and natural resources Committee are listed below.  Please click on their names for their personal information including their email addresses and phone numbers.

Verdin, Daniel B. "Danny" III, Chm.

 Grooms, Lawrence K. "Larry"

Leventis, Phil P.

Peeler, Harvey S. , Jr.

 Matthews, John W. , Jr.

McGill, J. Yancey

 Hutto, C. Bradley

 Elliott, Dick

 Knotts, John M. "Jake" , Jr.

 Cromer, Ronnie W.

Bryant, Kevin L.

Campsen, George E. "Chip" III

Cleary, Raymond E. III

Lourie, Joel   

 Williams, Kent M. 

 Ritchie, James H. "Jim" , Jr.

Campbell, Paul G. , Jr.



 

More information

http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/428.htm

Contact

Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Agriculture and Natural Resources
Verdin, Daniel B. "Danny" III, Chm. Grooms, Lawrence K. "Larry" Leventis, Phil P.
Peeler, Harvey S. , Jr. Matthews, John W. , Jr. McGill, J. Yancey
Hutto, C. Bradley Elliott, Dick Knotts, John M. "Jake" , Jr.
Cromer, Ronnie W. Bryant, Kevin L. Campsen, George E. "Chip" III
Cleary, Raymond E. III Lourie, Joel Williams, Kent M.
Ritchie, James H. "Jim" , Jr. Campbell, Paul G. , Jr.

   
     
     
     
     
 
 

Background

Your help is needed to make sure that the voices of conservationists, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts are heard on one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the legislature this session.  On Wednesday, March 19, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will consider S.428, the Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use and Reporting Act, which establishes regulations for large withdrawals of surface water. This meeting is open to the public and your presence is needed. However, at this meeting testimony will come only from industry and DNR.

Historically, our state has enjoyed an abundance of surface water in its rivers, streams, and lakes. This abundance has provided ample opportunities to enjoy fishing and boating, while meeting the water requirements of industries important to our state’s economy and drinking water for our citizens.

Every day, vast amounts of water are withdrawn from South Carolina’s rivers with no oversight. Recent water shortages have prompted South Carolina to consider the possibility that in the future too many surface water withdrawals might leave too little water for existing industrial users, traditional recreation, and fish habitat and boating.

A severe and prolonged drought in South Carolina has contributed to record declines in both groundwater and surface water. More than half the state’s population relies on surface water for drinking, and our population is projected to increase 30% by 2030. Now is the time to protect and manage this critical resource.

All of the stakeholders, including conservationists, industry, municipal water suppliers and agriculture appear to agree that a permitting process is necessary and support legislation that would give South Carolina the authority to regulate and manage its finite surface water resources, but there is considerable disagreement on the amount of water that must be left in our rivers for fish habitat and boating.  In order to protect the interests of the citizens, communities and the environment, S.428 must include strong minimum instream flow and minimum water level standards. These standards must protect the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the surface water.

Industry is insisting that they be granted use of 80% of the annual mean daily flow while allocating a woefully inadequate 20 % for fisheries and boating. This meager stream flow will could disrupt the function of our rivers for fish spawning and navigation and turn flowing rivers into small streams.

Please take a minute to call or email the members of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources listed below. Your help is critical to our success in protecting our rivers for fishing, aquatic habitat and recreation.

The entire bill can be found on the web by clicking on the following link: http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/428.htm

The members of the Agriculture and natural resources Committee are listed below.  Please click on their names for their personal information including their email addresses and phone numbers.

Verdin, Daniel B. "Danny" III, Chm.

 Grooms, Lawrence K. "Larry"

Leventis, Phil P.

Peeler, Harvey S. , Jr.

 Matthews, John W. , Jr.

McGill, J. Yancey

 Hutto, C. Bradley

 Elliott, Dick

 Knotts, John M. "Jake" , Jr.

 Cromer, Ronnie W.

Bryant, Kevin L.

Campsen, George E. "Chip" III

Cleary, Raymond E. III

Lourie, Joel   

 Williams, Kent M. 

 Ritchie, James H. "Jim" , Jr.

Campbell, Paul G. , Jr.



     
     

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