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Conference History

In spring 2007, Clemson University first announced that it would establish a biennial South Carolina Water Resources Conference to be held in even-numbered years, with the first slated for October 2008. The conference goals are to:
  • Communicate new research methods and scientific knowledge
  • Educate scientists, engineers, and water professionals
  • Disseminate useful information to policy makers, water managers, industry stakeholders, citizen groups, and the general public
The conference is coordinated by Clemson University’s Institute of Computational Ecology, in conjunction with the Center for Watershed Excellence, and planned with a statewide committee of water resources professionals. The purpose is to provide an integrated forum for discussion of water policies, research projects and water management in order to prepare for and meet the growing challenge of providing water resources to sustain and grow South Carolina’s economy, while preserving our natural resources. The conference brings together statewide academic, private and public sectors. The 2008, 2010 and 2012 events each brought together over 300 participants from a variety of sectors concerned with water issues including colleges and universities; municipal water authorities and entities; environmental engineering, consulting and law firms; state and federal agencies; nonprofit organizations; economic development associations; utility companies and land trusts. The 2012 SCWRC featured over 120 oral and poster presenters. Plenary speakers included State Commerce Department Secretary Robert Hitt, S.C. DHEC Director Catherine Templeton, S.C. DNR Director Col. Alvin Taylor, and a legislative panel moderated by Sen. Paul Campbell featuring Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Sen. Phil Leventis, Rep. David Hiott, Rep. Nelson Hardwick and Rep. Don Bowen.

Conference Planning Committee

Gene W. Eidson, Clemson University Institute of Computational Ecology
Calvin B. Sawyer, Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence

  • Black & Veatch, Robert Osborne
  • Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, Katie Giacalone
  • Clemson University Restoration Institute, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch
  • Clemson University Strom Thurmond Institute, Jeffery Allen, Lori Dickes, Robert Carey
  • Coastal Carolina University, Susan Libes
  • College of Charleston, Timothy Callahan
  • NOAA Coastal Services Center, Chris Ellis
  • Santee Cooper, Mike Harrelson
  • Savannah River National Laboratory, John J. Mayer
  • SCDHEC - Bureau of Water, David Graves, Heather Preston
  • SCDHEC, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Rheta Geddings DiNovo
  • S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, M. Richard DeVoe, Susannah Sheldon
  • SCANA, Darrell Shier, Brandon Stutts
  • University of South Carolina, Gwendelyn Geidel
  • USDA Forest Service, Devendra Amatya
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Colton Bowles
  • U.S. Geological Survey, Noel Hurley, Eric Strom


5 Tracks, 33 Sessions

2014 Program Schedule
of Oral Presentations

The 2014 conference will be held
at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Past Conference
Print Programs


2012 Program Schedule

Link to
Archive of Past
Conference Proceedings

Important Dates

September 15
Early Registration Ends

September 19
Manuscripts & Poster Files Due

October 15-16
Conference Dates