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CRUNCH 2010 David G. Baize Assistant Bureau Chief Bureau of Water September 23, 2010
Water Consumption in the Southeast <ul><li>Water consumption in the Southeast grew 15% from 1990 to 2000, compared with 2%...
Surface Water Permitting <ul><li>S.452,  The Surface Water Permitting, Withdrawal, and Reporting Act , approved by the Gen...
What Does a Surface Water Permitting Program do for  South Carolina? <ul><li>Addresses two main issues: </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Water Resource Management Within South Carolina
<ul><ul><li>How do we meet future demands? </li></ul></ul>Implementation of management strategies to meet future demands. ...
Key Concepts <ul><li>Existing users grandfathered into program </li></ul><ul><li>New surface water withdrawals (over 3 mil...
Key Concepts <ul><li>Move from a riparian system to a regulated riparian system ( a   person who owns land contiguous to a...
Key Concepts <ul><li>New users will have a contingency plan for low flow conditions with a supplemental water source (e.g....
Implementation Time Line <ul><li>Act goes into effect January 1, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently drafting the Regulation ...
Interstate Issues:  North Carolina and Georgia
 
Catawba/Wateree Bi-State Commission <ul><li>Formed by mirror legislation in NC and SC </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss issues aff...
Savannah River Basin GA and SC share river for entire length
Governor’s Savannah River Basin Committee <ul><li>Established by executive orders, the Governors of both states have appoi...
Georgia/South Carolina Issues <ul><li>Three main issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upper Floridan Aquifer/Saltwater Contaminat...
Georgia/South Carolina Issues:  Sharing the Available Water in  the Savannah River <ul><li>Both states rely on the Savanna...
Regional Water Councils <ul><li>A Regional Water Resource Forum was held January 21, 2010, in N. Augusta for the Savannah ...
Will Hopefully Establish a Water Advisory Council in each of the Four Major Basins
Questions? <ul><li>“ When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water” – Benjamin Franklin </li></ul>
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  1. 1. CRUNCH 2010 David G. Baize Assistant Bureau Chief Bureau of Water September 23, 2010
  2. 2. Water Consumption in the Southeast <ul><li>Water consumption in the Southeast grew 15% from 1990 to 2000, compared with 2% nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>The population rose by 20% from 1990 to 2000 vs.13% in the rest of the country </li></ul><ul><li>The Piedmont Atlantic region (Birmingham AL through Atlanta, to Raleigh NC) will grow 38% by 2025 to 20,000,000 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Surface Water Permitting <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Signed by the Governor June 11, 2010 </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Does a Surface Water Permitting Program do for South Carolina? <ul><li>Addresses two main issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instate: Better management of our water resources within South Carolina (more people, more industry, more water demands, no more water) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Water Resource Management Within South Carolina
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>How do we meet future demands? </li></ul></ul>Implementation of management strategies to meet future demands. Source: SCDNR TIME
  7. 7. Key Concepts <ul><li>Existing users grandfathered into program </li></ul><ul><li>New surface water withdrawals (over 3 million gallons in any month) would be permitted by DHEC </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Yield is the amount of water available for withdrawal in excess of the minimum flow </li></ul>
  8. 8. Key Concepts <ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>Problem with a riparian system: uncertainty and insecurity of right </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No guarantee to certain amount of water – all existing and future riparian owners have equal right to use water. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is considered reasonable use is relative – what is currently deemed reasonable may no longer be reasonable in future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil action is only means of enforcing and maintaining a riparian right. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Key Concepts <ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>When the stream reaches the minimum flow designated in their permit, users implement their contingency plan </li></ul><ul><li>Permit program is fee funded </li></ul>
  10. 10. Implementation Time Line <ul><li>Act goes into effect January 1, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently drafting the Regulation and have issued the Notice of Drafting </li></ul><ul><li>Will convene stakeholder group to help draft the Regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Goal to have the Regulation to our Legislature by April 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Will not issue permits until the Regulation is promulgated – may not be until summer 2012 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Interstate Issues: North Carolina and Georgia
  12. 13. Catawba/Wateree Bi-State Commission <ul><li>Formed by mirror legislation in NC and SC </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss issues affecting the basin, both water quality and water quantity related </li></ul><ul><li>August 27, 2010, Commission voted to use Duke Energy’s CRA as basis for settling interstate lawsuit </li></ul>
  13. 14. Savannah River Basin GA and SC share river for entire length
  14. 15. Governor’s Savannah River Basin Committee <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Georgia/South Carolina Issues <ul><li>Three main issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upper Floridan Aquifer/Saltwater Contamination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assimilative capacity of the Savannah River </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allocation of water for use in the Savannah River </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Georgia/South Carolina Issues: Sharing the Available Water in the Savannah River <ul><li>Both states rely on the Savannah River for industry and public water supply </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Consumptive Use study conducted by GaEPD with DHEC data on SC withdrawals, discharges, and projected growth </li></ul>
  17. 18. Regional Water Councils <ul><li>A Regional Water Resource Forum was held January 21, 2010, in N. Augusta for the Savannah River Basin </li></ul><ul><li>A Regional Advisory Council for the Savannah Basin was established as a result of input from stakeholders at the Forum </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>More information about the SRBAC on www.scdhec.gov </li></ul>
  18. 19. Will Hopefully Establish a Water Advisory Council in each of the Four Major Basins
  19. 20. Questions? <ul><li>“ When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water” – Benjamin Franklin </li></ul>

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