Bringing together the People, the Science and the Best Practices for Sustainable Water Planning

May 30 and 31, 2018

The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29212

Presented by South Carolina Rivers Forever* in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resource, Department of Health and Environmental Control and Clemson University


Presentations and Speaker Bios

Jeff Allen, Ph.D.

Executive Director, SC Water Resources Center – Clemson University
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Didi Caldwell

Founding Principal,Global Location Strategies
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M. Steve Cavanaugh, Jr.

President, Cavanaugh and Associates
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Chris Goudreau

Hydropower and Special Projects Coordinator, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
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Barry Gullet

Director (Retired), Charlotte Water
Co-founder and former Chair of Catawba Wateree Water Management Group
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Laila Johnston

Winyah Bay Coordinator, American Rivers
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Eric Kruger

The Nature Conservancy, South Carolina
Director of Science and Stewardship
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Raven Lawson

Watershed Protection Manager, Central Arkansas Water
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Jeff Lineberger

Director of Hydro Strategy and Licensing, Duke Energy
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Eric Nagid

Past President, Instream Flow Council
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Ken Rentiers

Deputy Director for Land, Water, and Conservation, South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources
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Matt Smith

Professor and Director, Pee Dee Research and Education Center – Clemson University
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Mullen Taylor

Water Law Attorney, Mullen Taylor LLC
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Marzieh Motallebi

Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Julie Carl Ureta

Ph.D Candidate, Clemson University
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Handouts and Additional Materials


What can South Carolina do to ensure it has sustainable water supplies for today and future generations? How can citizens be involved? Are there limits on how much groundwater should be pumped? What water flows are essential for healthy fish and wildlife, boating and other outdoor recreation? Can we balance those needs with water withdrawals for drinking water, agricultural and industrial needs? How do we identify and use the best practices and science to answer these questions? All of these issues and more can be addressed through a new State Water Plan.

In 2018, South Carolina is embarking on the final phase for creating a new State Water Plan. Last updated by the Department of Natural Resources in 2004, the Water Plan is a comprehensive water resources policy for the state. The Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Water Resources Center at Clemson University will work closely with the Department of Natural Resources as the new plan is developed.

South Carolina Rivers Forever is collaborating with these organizations on a two-day symposium to engage and educate municipal and industrial water users, farmers, conservation organizations, policy makers, elected officials and citizens about developing a new state water plan and the opportunities it provides.

 


*South Carolina Rivers Forever is a network of conservation organizations, businesses, and citizens with a mission to protect the state’s surface water and groundwater resources. We strive to engage, educate, and empower South Carolinians to ensure that our water resources are clean, abundant, and protected to support beneficial uses including a prosperous economy, thriving wildlife, and outdoor recreation for today and future generations. The South Carolina Rivers Forever Leadership Team comprises American Rivers, Coastal Conservation League, Congaree Riverkeeper, Conservation Voters of SC, Savannah Riverkeeper, Save Our Saluda, Sierra Club of SC, SC Paddlesports Industry Association, SC Wildlife Federation, and Upstate Forever.