Water conference addresses economic impact for state

By Peter Hull

Image depicts SC Water Conservation logo.Policy makers and industry leaders gathered at the Charleston Area Convention Center in October for the 2008 S.C. Water Resources Conference.

The two-day conference was organized by the Clemson University Restoration Institute and planned by a group of 19 universities, governmental agencies and industries. More than 350 participants attended 30 concurrent sessions on water quality, conservation, public policy, future needs, land-use planning and economic development

Speakers included representatives from the state’s universities, federal and state agencies, environmental engineering consultants and municipalities. Attorney General Henry McMaster gave the keynote address on the impact of water issues facing South Carolina.

“This conference was about more than water. The issues discussed here affect our quality of life and the economic vitality of South Carolina,” said Gene Eidson, Restoration Institute ecology program director and conference chairman.

For information: Gene Eidson, 864-710-0882, geidson@clemson.edu