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.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Black & Veatch, Robert Osborne
  • Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, Cal Sawyer (Co-Chair), Katie Giacalone
  • Clemson University Institute of Computational Ecology, Gene Eidson (Co-Chair)
  • Clemson University Restoration Institute, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch
  • Clemson University Strom Thurmond Institute, Jeff Allen, Lori Dickes, Rob Carey
  • Coastal Carolina University, Susan Libes
  • College of Charleston, Tim Callahan, Adem Ali
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Chris Ellis
  • Santee Cooper, Mike Harrelson
  • Savannah River National Laboratory, Jack Mayer
  • S.C. DHEC - Bureau of Water, David Graves, Heather Preston
  • S.C. DHEC, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Rheta Geddings DiNovo
  • S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Rick DeVoe
  • SCANA, Darrell Shier, Brandon Stutts
  • University of South Carolina, Gwen Geidel
  • USDA Forest Service, Devendra Amatya
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Colton Bowles
  • U.S. Geological Survey, Noel Hurley, Eric Strom