Saluda Basin Planning Meetings

Two public meetings were held on November 1st and November 3rd, 2022 to introduce the new Planning Framework to stakeholders. Formal Council meetings began in March, 2023. Agendas, presentations, meeting recordings, and meeting summaries can be accessed below.

Planning Meetings

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Public Meetings

Columbia, S.C., November 1, 2022; 6 pm – 8 pm
The River Center - Salulda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29212
Agenda
SCDNR Presentations
Meeting Recording

Greenville, S.C., November 3, 2022; 6 pm – 8 pm
Roper Mountain Sciene Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29615
Agenda
SCDNR Presentations

River Basin Council Meetings

Meeting #15
June 19th, 2024
Draft agenda available soon

Meeting #14
May 15th, 2024
Agenda
Presentations:
    Drought Management and Response, John Boyer, CDM Smith
Zoom meeting recording available soon

Meeting #13
April 17th, 2024
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Review of March Meeting Highlights, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Proposal for Base Flow in Saluda River Basin, Kevin Miller, Saluda RBC and John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Discussion of Proposed Reaches of Interest and Surface Water Conditions, Kevin Miller, Saluda RBC and John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Low-Tech Process-Based Stream Restoration, Alex Pellett, SCDNR
    Saluda Stream Restoration Part 1, Melanie Ruhlman, Save Our Saluda
    Saluda Stream Restoration Part 2, Melanie Ruhlman, Save Our Saluda
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Meeting #12
March 20th, 2024
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Flow-Ecology Relationships, Dr. Luke Bower and Dr. Brandon Peoples, Clemson
    Additional Surface Water Analyses. John Boyer, Kirk Westphal, and Amy Shaw, CDM Smith
    Additional Discussion of Water Management Strategies, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #11
February 21st, 2024
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Parking Lot and Recommendations, Katherine Amidon, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
    Review of January Meeting Highlights, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Making Decisions by Consensus, Jeff Lineberger, Duke Energy & PPAC Member
    Surface Water Analysis, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Reservoir Safe Yield Results, Kirk Westphal and John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Drought Response Examples, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategies, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Upcoming Meeting Schedule, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #10
January 17th, 2024
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Review of November Meeting Highlights, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Preliminary Moderate and High Demand Scenario Results, Kirk Westphal, Amy Shaw, and John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Preliminary Reservoir Safe Yield Results, Kirk Westphal, CDM Smith
    Discussion of Next Steps, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Strategic Statewide Resilience and Risk Reduction Plan, Hope Warren, SCOR
    Introduction to Water Management Strategies, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Water Management Strategies for the Broad River Basin - Breakout Groups, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #9
November 15th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Safe Yield and Surface Water Law and Regulation, Joe Koon and Leigh Anne Monroe, SCDHEC
    Legislative and Regulatory Recommendations Made by the Edisto and Broad RBCs, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Overview of the Broad River Basin Plan Findings and Recommendations, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #8
October 18th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Flow-Ecology Relationships, Dr. Joe Mruzek and Dr. Brandon Peoples, Clemson University
    Review and Update of Surface Water Availability Modeling, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #7
September 20th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Housekeeping Items - Parking Lot, K.C. Price and Katherine Amidon
    Phase 1 Survey Results and Review of Progress Metrics, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Flow-Ecology Relationships, Dr. Joe Mruzek and Dr. Brandon Peoples, Clemson University
    Surface Water Availability Modeling Results of Initial Planning Scenarios, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Upcoming Meeting Schedule, SWAM Training, Field Trip, and Topics, John Boyer, CDM Smith
Other Presentation Materials:
    Saluda Hydroelectric Project FERC Project No. 516, Amy Bresnahan, Dominion Energy
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Meeting #6
August 16th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Hydrology 101, Kirk Westphal, CDM Smith
    Methodologies for Evaluating Water Availablity, Scott Harder, SCDNR
    Saluda SWAM Model Introduction, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Upcoming Meeting Schedule, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #5
July 19th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    June Meeting Review, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Water Use and Water Demand Projection Methods in the Saluda River Basin, Alex Pellett, SCDNR
    FERC Licensing of Hydroelectric Projects in the Saluda Basin, Elizabeth Miller, SCDNR
    Middle & Lower Saluda S.C. Scenic Rivers, Bill Marshall, SCDNR
    Lake Management Overview:
        North Saluda and Table Rock Reservoir, Greenville Water
        Greenwood Lake, Julie M. Davis, Greenwood County Lake Management Department
        Lake Murray, Brandon McCartha, Dominion Energy
    Upcoming Meeting Schedule, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #4
June 21st, 2023
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Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    SCDNR Region 1 Fisheries Management in the Saluda Basin, Amy Chastain, SCDNR
    Aquatic Biodiversity of the Saluda River Basin, Kevin Kubach, SCDNR
    Flow-Ecology Relationships, Dr. Luke Bower and Dr. Joe Mruzek, Clemson University
    Saluda River Basin Agriculture Overview, Dr. Nathan Smith
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Meeting #3
May 17th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Saluda River Basin Land Use and Socioeconomic Characteristics, Evan Patrohay, CDM Smith
    USGS Streamflow Monitoring Network and Low Flow Statistics in SC, Toby Feaster, USGS
    Climatology of SC, Hope Mizzell, SCDNR
    SC Drought Monitoring & Management, Elliot Wickham, SCDNR
    Vision and Goals Development, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Upcoming Meeting Schedule, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #2
April 19th, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    March Meeting Review, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Review of the Planning Framework, Scott Harder, SCDNR
    Surface Water Law and Regulation, Leigh Anne Monroe, SCDHEC
    Water Resources of the Saluda River Basin, Priyanka More and Joe Gellici, SCDNR
    Selection of Process Metrics, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Vision and Goals Development, John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Upcoming Meeting Schedule, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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Meeting #1
March 22nd, 2023
Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Summary
Presentations:
    Overview of River Basin Planning, the Planning Framework, and Examples, Scott Harder, SCDNR and John Boyer, CDM Smith
    Review of RBC Bylaws, John Boyer, CDM Smith
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