Savannah River forum focuses on water quality

By Peter Kent

Gene Eidson, forum organizer and director of restoration ecology at Clemson; Photo by Peter Kent The Savannah River affects lives and livelihoods in 44 counties in three states. A September forum in Augusta presented scientific reports and proposals for managing the river, with a keynote address from Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

Co-hosted by the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy and Clemson’s Restoration Institute, the forum brought together scientists, environmentalists, engineers, regulatory agencies and economic developers.

Issues included: sharing water supplies and waste-load allocation, addressing dissolved oxygen rates in the Savannah Harbor, preserving the ecology of the river basin, maintaining commercial and recreation usage, and broadening awareness of the economic impact the river has on the region.

“Government leaders realize that the issues are complex and that universities in all three states are essential for providing sound, science-based information to inform and guide public water policies,” said Gene Eidson, forum organizer and director of restoration ecology at Clemson.




For information: Gene Eidson, 864-656-2619, geidson@clemson.edu