Edisto Basin Planning

Activities and reports on water planning in the Edisto River basin.


The new South Carolina State Water Planning Framework is currently being implemented in the Edisto Basin. Two public meetings were held on November 18th and 21st, 2019 to introduce the new Planning Framework to stakeholders and to solicit River Basin Council Membership applications (presentations given at each meeting can be accessed below). River Basin Council members were appointed by SCDNR in March 2020 (see below for list of members) and CDM Smith, Inc. was awarded a contract to provide facilitation and authorship services for the Council. Formal Council meetings began in June, 2020, using a virtual format. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainties regarding when large public gatherings will be allowed in the State, River Basin Council meetings will continue via a virtual format for at least the next several months. Agendas, presentations, meeting recordings, and meeting summaries can be accessed below. Please visit this website for periodic updates and new information regarding Edisto river basin planning activities.

Public Notice: Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for October 21st, from 9:00 - 12:00 AM (Updated Agenda)

The meeting will take place via a virtual format. Please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov) to request meeting access information.

SCDNR is accepting Edisto River Basin Council membership applications for the Industry and Economic Development and Water-based Recreational interest categories.

Interested stakeholders should complete an application form (submission instructions included in the application). The application deadline has been extended to October 31st, 2020.

Edisto River Basin Council

Name Organization Position Interest Category
Aakhus, Mark Town of Edisto Beach Assistant Town Administrator Local Governments
Bagwell, Laura Aiken Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner At-Large
Bell, Glenn RBM Forestry, LLC Owner Agriculture, Forestry, and Irrigation
Bishop, David The Nature Conservancy Coastal Conservation Director Environmental
Dr. Bass, John Retired At-Large
Duke, Joel Aiken County Assistant County Administrator Local Governments
Hall, Richard Orangeburg County Community Development Director Industry and Economic Development
Haralson, Johney Bamberg Soil and Water District Vice Chairman Local Governments
Jowers, J.J. Public Citizen Water-based Recreational
Krispyn, Hugo Friends of the Edisto & Edisto Riverkeeper Executive Director Environmental
Marvin, Alta Mae Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail Commission Commissioner/Property Owner At-Large
McMillan, Trey Lowcountry Oyster Company, LCC Owner/President At-Large
Mosley, Michael Dominion Energy South Carolina Environmental Services Electric-Power Utilities
Odom, Eric Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities Water Division Director Water and Sewer Utilities
Shugart, Charles City of Denmark Public Works Director Water and Sewer Utilities
Stallworth, Hank Retired (SCDNR Chief of Staff) Environmental
Thompson, Jason Charleston Water System Source Water Manager Water and Sewer Utilities
Tolbert, Alex Orangeburg Country Club Golf Course Superintendent Agriculture, Forestry, and Irrigation
Walther, Jeremy Walther Farms Owner/Operator Agriculture, Forestry, and Irrigation
Waters, Jerry Palmetto Realty and Land Co. Owner/ broker At-Large
Weathers, Landrum Weathers Farms/ Circle W Farms Manager Agriculture, Forestry, and Irrigation

Edisto Water Planning Meetings

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Public Meetings

Blackville, S.C., November 18, 2019; 6 pm – 8 pm
Clemson University's Edisto Research and Education Center
64 Research Rd
Blackville, SC 29817
Nov 18th meeting – SCDNR Presentations

St. George, S.C., November 21, 2019; 6 pm – 8 pm
Lovely Hill Convention Center
5905 W Jim Bilton Blvd
St. George, SC 29477
Nov 21st meeting – SCDNR Presentations

River Basin Council Meetings

Meeting #1
June 17th, 2020
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Purpose of River Basin Planning - SCDNR Presentations
View Zoom meeting recording

Meeting #2
July 15th, 2020
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
    Planning Framework Overview – Scott Harder, SCDNR
Review of RBC Bylaws – John Boyer, CDM Smith, Inc.
View Zoom meeting recording

Meeting #3
August 19th, 2020
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
    Edisto RBC Survey Results/Breakout Discussions – John Boyer, CDM Smith, Inc.
    Surface Water Permitting and Registrations/Groundwater Permitting – Rob Devlin & Alex Butler, SCDHEC
View Zoom meeting recording

Meeting #4
September 9th, 2020
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
    Water Resources of the Edisto Basin – Scott Harder, SCDNR
    Connection between Surface Water and Groundwater – Bruce Campbell, USGS
    Low-Flow Statistics in South Carolina – Toby Feaster, USGS
    Process Metrics – John Boyer, CDM Smith Inc.
View Zoom meeting recording

Meeting #5
September 30th, 2020
    Overview of S.C. Freedom of Information Act – Van Whitehead, SCDNR
    Follow-up Discussion on Edisto Basin Water Resources – Alex Butler, SCDHEC
    Edisto Basin Water Use – Alex Butler, SCDHEC
    Edisto Basin Water-Demand Projections – Alex Pellett, SCDNR
View Zoom meeting recording

Meeting #6
October 21st, 2020

Hydrology Calendar