Hydrology News

Recent activities and reports of the Hydrology Section.

SCDNR Releases New Web Application on the Hydrogeologic Framework of the SC Coastal Plain

October 6, 2021
A new web application providing information on the hydrogeologic framework of the South Carolina Coastal Plain has been released. Fourteen cross sections showing the distribution of the major aquifers of the Coastal Plain can be viewed, along with geophysical data, water level data, and detailed lithologic descriptions of cores that were used to develop the framework.

Public Meetings scheduled for November 8th and 9th to Kick-off Broad River Basin Planning Activities

October 6, 2021
SCDNR will host two public meetings on November 8th in Columbia and on November 9th in Spartanburg to kick-off river basin planning activities in the Broad River Basin. An overview of the South Carolina State Water Planning Framework will be presented and applications for the Broad River Basin Council will be solicited. Similar information will be presented at each meeting. For more information including meeting times and locations visit the Broad Basin Planning page.

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for October 20th, 2021

September 22, 2021
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for October 20th, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (agenda) at the Clemson Edisto Research and Education Center. The public may attend in-person or virtually. To request virtual meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for September 15th, 2021

August 20, 2021
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for September 15th, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (agenda) at the Clemson Edisto Research and Education Center. The public may attend in-person or virtually. To request virtual meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

SCDNR Releases Groundwater Monitoring Status Report

August 10, 2021
SCDNR is pleased to announce the release of a new report SCDNR Groundwater Monitoring Network Status Report, July 2014 through June 2019. The report presents an overview of the agency’s statewide network of groundwater monitoring wells and describes the numerous additions and other changes to the network that occurred during the five-year period from July 2014 to June 2019. For more information, please contact Andrew Wachob (wachoba@dnr.sc.gov).

SCDNR Receives Funding to Develop River Basin Plans for the Broad and Pee Dee Basins

August 4, 2021
SCDNR is pleased to announce the award of new funding to complete River Basin Plans for the Broad and Pee Dee basins. Planning activities in the Broad basin will begin in the Fall of 2021 through several public meetings and the solicitation of River Basin Council members. Planning activities in the Pee Dee basin will begin in early 2022. Please visit the SCDNR Water Planning website (http://hydrology.dnr.sc.gov/water-planning.html) for meeting announcements and other updates as well as to learn more about SC’s state and river basin planning process.

SCDNR Drills Two New Wells for Groundwater Monitoring Network

July 1, 2021
Two new monitoring wells were drilled—one at Cheraw State Park in Chesterfield County and the other at the SCDNR Wateree Range in Richland County. Both wells are completed in the McQueen Branch aquifer and will be instrumented with automated water-level recorders to monitor groundwater levels in these areas. The wells will be part of the SCDNR Groundwater Monitoring Network, a network of wells used to assess groundwater availability in the State.

SCDNR Releases Groundwater-Quality Report for Charleston Aquifer

June 10, 2021
SCDNR is pleased to announce the release of a new report entitled, An Assessment of Groundwater-Quality Conditions and Chloride Distribution in the Charleston and Gramling aquifers in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties, South Carolina, 2020. The report describes groundwater chemistry results from sampling 17 production wells and estimates the landward location of the freshwater-saltwater interface in Charleston aquifer. The report includes a map with a discussion of current and historical data, water-level trends, and recommendations for monitoring. For more information please contact Brooke Czwartacki (czwartackib@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for June 23rd, 2021

June 2, 2021
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for June 23rd, 2021 (agenda) at the Clemson Edisto Research and Education Center. A limit of 15 members of the public will be allowed to attend in-person. RSVP to Tom Walker (tcwalke@clemson.edu) to attend in-person or to obtain virtual meeting access information. Space for the public at the meeting site is not guaranteed without a confirmed RSVP.

Hydrology Section Receives Grant to Support the SCDNR Groundwater Monitoring Network

May 5, 2021
The SCDNR Hydrology Section was recently awarded a grant from the USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Program (https://cida.usgs.gov/ngwmn/). The grant will be used for well maintenance activities at SCDNR’s saltwater intrusion monitoring sites and to support the agency’s groundwater-level monitoring network. For more information on the SCDNR’s groundwater monitoring programs please visit http://hydrology.dnr.sc.gov/groundwater.html.

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for May 26th, 2021

May 5, 2021
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for May 26th, 2021 (agenda). A limit of 15 members of the public will be allowed to attend in-person. RSVP to Tom Walker (tcwalke@clemson.edu) to attend in-person or to obtain virtual meeting access information. Space for the public at the meeting site is not guaranteed without a confirmed RSVP.

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for February 17th, 2021

February 1, 2021
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for February 17th, 2021 from 9:00 to 12:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for January 27th, 2021

January 12, 2021
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for January 27th, 2021 from 9:00 to 12:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for January 6th, 2021

December 18, 2020
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for January 6th, 2021 from 9:00 to 12:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

SCDNR Releases Report Describing Recent Groundwater Levels in South Carolina

December 18, 2020
SCDNR is pleased to announce the release of a new report Groundwater Levels in South Carolina, 2011–2018. The report presents groundwater levels measured in all SCDNR monitoring wells during the eight-year period from 2011 through 2018, as well as a discussion of recent and long-term water-level trends seen in all of South Carolina’s major aquifers. For more information please contact Andrew Wachob (wachoba@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for December 9th, 2020

November 20, 2020
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for December 9th, 2020 from 9:00 to 12:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for November 18th, 2020

October 30, 2020
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for November 18th, 2020 from 9:00 to 12:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

SCDNR Releases 2019 Potentiometric Surface Map of the McQueen Branch, Charleston, and Gramling Aquifers

October 19, 2020
SCDNR is pleased to announce the release of our yearly water resource report entitled: Potentiometric Surface of the McQueen Branch, Charleston, and Gramling Aquifers in South Carolina, November-December 2019. The report includes a map and a description of groundwater conditions observed during late 2019 for the McQueen Branch, Charleston, and Gramling Aquifers. The report can be found here. For more information please contact Brooke Czwartacki (czwartackib@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for October 21st, 2020

October 5, 2020
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for October 21st, 2020 from 9:00 to 12:00 AM (updated agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next State Water Planning Process Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for Oct 1st, 2020

September 11, 2020
The next State Water Planning Process Advisory Committee Meeting has been scheduled for October 1st, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Agenda Available Soon). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for September 30th, 2020

September 11, 2020
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for September 30th, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

Next Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for September 9th, 2020

August 21, 2020
The next Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for September 9th, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

3rd Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for August 19th, 2020

July 30, 2020
The 3rd Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for August 19th, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

2nd Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for July 15th, 2020

July 15, 2020
The 2nd Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for July 15th, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

First Edisto River Basin Council Meeting Scheduled for June 17th, 2020

June 1, 2020
The first Edisto River Basin Council meeting has been scheduled for June 17th, 2020 (agenda). Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place via a virtual format (Zoom meeting). For meeting access information, please contact Scott Harder (harders@dnr.sc.gov).

SCDNR Appoints Edisto River Basin Council

May 1, 2020
SCDNR has appointed 23 members to the Edisto River Basin Council. The Council is represented by a diverse group of stakeholders and is responsible for developing the Edisto River Basin Plan under the guidance of the South Carolina State Water Planning Framework.

SCDNR Releases Groundwater Data Viewer

May 1, 2020
The SCDNR Groundwater Program is pleased to announce the release of a portal for viewing and downloading groundwater-level data. The Groundwater Program maintains a network of approximately 180 wells routinely monitored for drought assessment, long-term water-level trends, and water availability assessments. More information about the network can be found on the SCDNR Groundwater Program website.

SCDNR Extends Edisto River Basin Council Membership Application Deadline

January 2, 2020
SCDNR has extended the deadline for submitting an Edisto River Basin Council Membership Application from January 2nd, 2020 to January 8th, 2020.

SCDNR Now Accepting Applications for the Edisto River Basin Council

November 18, 2019
SCDNR is now accepting applications for the Edisto River Basin Council. Applications are due January 2nd, 2020.

South Carolina State Water Planning Framework Released

October 31, 2019
SCDNR is pleased to announce the release of the South Carolina State Water Planning Framework. The Planning Framework will guide the State and River Basin Planning Process for years to come.

Water Demand Methodologies Report Released

October 31, 2019
SCDNR is pleased to announce the release of the final report on water demand methodologies. This report, entitled Projection Methods for Off-stream Water Demand in South Carolina, describes the methods that will be used to estimate future water demand in the State. These methodologies will first be applied in the Edisto basin in preparation for river basin planning activities in 2020. See the final report here.

Public Meetings Scheduled for November 18th and 21st for Edisto River Basin Planning

October 19, 2019
Two public meetings are scheduled for November 18th and 21st to kick-off Edisto River basin planning activities. Information on the meetings. An agenda for the November 18th meeting.

Twelve New Monitoring Wells Drilled Across the Coastal Plain

September 27, 2019
Funded by the USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Program, twelve new monitoring wells were drilled in locations across the South Carolina Coastal Plain Province where groundwater level data were lacking. See the final report here.

Funding Received to Support the Streamflow Monitoring Network

September 1st, 2019
SCDNR receives additional State funding to support the State’s streamflow monitoring network. More information on the new streamflow gages.

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