How to Defend Your Water From Neighboring States

The South Carolina Legislature has two bills in subcommittee that try to defend South Carolina’s water from neighboring states.

H. 3486 (or what I call the “Back off North Carolina” BILL) — This bill requires South Carolina Department of Environmental Control to review flow data by USGS and water quality data from water flows into the state from a neighboring state (aka North Carolina) and provide a summary in a quarterly report. It also requires the attorney general to pursue action to cause a neighboring state to improve the quality or flow of water flowing into the states river basin, if necessary. This bill addresses the recent Catawba issue. (See previous post)

H. 3578 (or what I call the “Back off Atlanta” BILL) — This bill would basically set up a system to regulate water withdrawals throughout the state. It is hoped that with this system in place South Carolina and Georgia could better discuss the Savannah River Basin, and therefore keep Atlanta from pumping water from the Savannah. (See previous post)

There will be a meeting of the Environmental Affairs II Subcommittee on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 410 of the Blatt Building to discuss both these bills.