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David Baize, SCDHEC, South Carolina's new water permitting bill

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  • CRUNCH 2010 David G. Baize Assistant Bureau Chief Bureau of Water September 23, 2010
  • Water Consumption in the Southeast
    • Water consumption in the Southeast grew 15% from 1990 to 2000, compared with 2% nationwide
    • The population rose by 20% from 1990 to 2000 vs.13% in the rest of the country
    • The Piedmont Atlantic region (Birmingham AL through Atlanta, to Raleigh NC) will grow 38% by 2025 to 20,000,000
  • Surface Water Permitting
    • S.452, The Surface Water Permitting, Withdrawal, and Reporting Act , approved by the General Assembly on June 3, 2010, with 10 minutes left to go in the session
    • Signed by the Governor June 11, 2010
  • What Does a Surface Water Permitting Program do for South Carolina?
    • Addresses two main issues:
      • Instate: Better management of our water resources within South Carolina (more people, more industry, more water demands, no more water)
      • Interstate: To allow SC to enter into agreements with other states on shared water resources (most states, including Georgia, have a surface water permitting system)
  • Water Resource Management Within South Carolina
      • How do we meet future demands?
    Implementation of management strategies to meet future demands. Source: SCDNR TIME
  • Key Concepts
    • Existing users grandfathered into program
    • New surface water withdrawals (over 3 million gallons in any month) would be permitted by DHEC
    • Establishes “minimum instream flow” which is flow necessary to maintain the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the stream along with protection of downstream users
    • Minimum flows are seasonal and are a percentage of flow in the river (20%, 30%, 40% MADF) – water needed for downstream users is added to this amount
    • Safe Yield is the amount of water available for withdrawal in excess of the minimum flow
  • Key Concepts
    • Move from a riparian system to a regulated riparian system ( a person who owns land contiguous to a natural watercourse is the owner of riparian land)
    • Problem with a riparian system: uncertainty and insecurity of right
      • No guarantee to certain amount of water – all existing and future riparian owners have equal right to use water.
      • What is considered reasonable use is relative – what is currently deemed reasonable may no longer be reasonable in future.
      • Civil action is only means of enforcing and maintaining a riparian right.
  • Key Concepts
    • New users will have a contingency plan for low flow conditions with a supplemental water source (e.g., wells, connection with other water supplier, off-stream storage)
    • When the stream reaches the minimum flow designated in their permit, users implement their contingency plan
    • Permit program is fee funded
  • Implementation Time Line
    • Act goes into effect January 1, 2011
    • Currently drafting the Regulation and have issued the Notice of Drafting
    • Will convene stakeholder group to help draft the Regulation
    • Goal to have the Regulation to our Legislature by April 2011
    • Will not issue permits until the Regulation is promulgated – may not be until summer 2012
  • Interstate Issues: North Carolina and Georgia
  • Catawba/Wateree Bi-State Commission
    • Formed by mirror legislation in NC and SC
    • Discuss issues affecting the basin, both water quality and water quantity related
    • August 27, 2010, Commission voted to use Duke Energy’s CRA as basis for settling interstate lawsuit
  • Savannah River Basin GA and SC share river for entire length
  • Governor’s Savannah River Basin Committee
    • Established by executive orders, the Governors of both states have appointed members to a Committee to discuss common issues of concern in the Savannah River Basin
  • Georgia/South Carolina Issues
    • Three main issues:
      • Upper Floridan Aquifer/Saltwater Contamination
      • Assimilative capacity of the Savannah River
      • Allocation of water for use in the Savannah River
  • Georgia/South Carolina Issues: Sharing the Available Water in the Savannah River
    • Both states rely on the Savannah River for industry and public water supply
    • The amount of water available for use, and how to share that water between GA and SC, is still an outstanding issue to be discussed
    • Consumptive Use study conducted by GaEPD with DHEC data on SC withdrawals, discharges, and projected growth
  • Regional Water Councils
    • A Regional Water Resource Forum was held January 21, 2010, in N. Augusta for the Savannah River Basin
    • A Regional Advisory Council for the Savannah Basin was established as a result of input from stakeholders at the Forum
    • The Council is a mechanism for DHEC and DNR to provide information about water quality and quantity issues, and the regional stakeholders can provide input and advise to the agencies
    • More information about the SRBAC on www.scdhec.gov
  • Will Hopefully Establish a Water Advisory Council in each of the Four Major Basins
  • Questions?
    • “ When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water” – Benjamin Franklin