Water Forum - April 5, 2007

Water Forum explores issues related to the next “war between the states”
The next “war between the states” may be over water. Georgia needs water for metro Atlanta. North Carolina needs water for Charlotte. South Carolina is in the middle. What must to be done to ensure that we have the water we need?
To answer this question, Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) held an all-day Water Forum on April 5, 2007, for faculty, staff and graduate students involved in water issues research and outreach. Approximately 120 people attended the forum in the Hendrix Center ballroom.
"The purpose of the forum is to establish interdisciplinary teams to address South Carolina’s critical water issues through research, education, and public service," said Gene Eidson, forum organizer and CURI restoration ecology director. "The Restoration Institute will assist these teams in seeking public and private funding for their work."

The forum featured speakers from state and federal water agencies who provided an update on South Carolina water policy. Eidson discussed public-private research funding opportunities for university researchers.
Keynote speaker was Dean Moss, a member of the Governor’s Water Law Review Team, who spoke on "Savannah River Issues, the View from the Sea Buoy." He was followed by presentations and a panel discussion by:

  • Jeff Allen, Thurmond Institute Water Resources Center
  • Bud Badr, Hydrology Chief, S.C. Department of Natural Resources
  • Leroy Crosby, Savannah District Corps of Engineers
  • Craig Hesterlee, Watersheds Division, Region 4 Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeff Larson, Savannah River Watershed Manager, Ga. Environmental Protection Dept.
  • Richelle Tolton, Savannah River Watershed Manager, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control

All presentations, comments and group reports are available on our Water Forum Downloads page.
Gene Eidson, Restoration Ecology Director