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First Full Committee Meeting Agenda
September 5, 2003
Introduction of Members and Opening Comments
A. Notice/Intervener statute. Since
private riparian suits can create precedents that may affect many others’
rights, there may be a need for the State to receive notice of these suits and
have the right to seek intervention.
B. Regulated Riparian statute. The State of Georgia last year
struggled with modification of their state water permitting system as some
sought to establish permits as property rights and others were concerned about
maintaining water as a public trust. South Carolina allocates the
assimilative capacity of our water bodies to protect surface water quality,
but has not addressed surface water quantity permitting. Given the growth in
water use and the need to protect instream flows, what is the best approach
C. Drought Response Act. The recent drought has shown that amendments
to the Drought Response Act could make it more effective.
D. Interstate Compacts. We have issues on both of our borders that may
or may not be best resolved through interstate compacts.
E. FERC Relicensing. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is
presently reissuing 30-50 year operating licenses for most of the
hydroelectric facilities in South Carolina, and many in North Carolina that
have direct impacts on our state. We are presently working on this issue with
the electric utilities, but this issue needs further review.
F. State Water Plan. South Carolina is operating under an existing
State Water Plan. That plan is presently under revision and needs review by
Saturday, October 4, 2003?
Tuesday, October 7, 2003?