Journal of South Carolina Water Resources

The Journal of South Carolina Water Resources is an annual peer-reviewed journal dedicated to scientific research and policy on all aspects of water management to prepare for and meet the growing challenge of providing water resources for the sustainable growth of South Carolina’s economy, while preserving its natural resources. Digital format of the issues are available through the TigerPrints digital repository. In an effort to expand the reach of the JSCWR, a new partnership was formed this past year with Clemson University Press to publish under the University trademark.


  • The Call for Articles for the 2018 issue is closed. 
  • The Call for the 2019 issue will be announced in the fall.
  • Please contact the managing staff editor at with any questions about submittals.
  • "Short Communications" are accepted for consideration (see overview below)

Sample article template and style guidelines files are available as downloads in the left column above.

The aim of the Journal of South Carolina Water Resources is to provide a forum for peer-reviewed articles focused on South Carolina's water resources, with the goals of influencing science-based management decisions and heightening awareness. We encourage authors to consider this forum as an outlet to communicate information and results from their work on advancements in water science, policy, management, and law pertaining to South Carolina and the Southeast. Basic experimental and discovery science, policy analysis, developments in water and environmental law, management issues, as well as case studies, are welcome submissions to be considered for publication in the Journal. South Carolina is a water-rich state, and as our population and economy continue to expand, access to reliable and clean water resources is critically important for the resiliency, health, and well-being of South Carolinians. Wider knowledge and awareness of the issues is of utmost importance to protect and make the most of our water resources.


For those who would like to submit content for new ideas or new topics of SC water resources but may not have a full study for a manuscript, JSCWR now accepts 'short communications' for consideration.

  • May also be known as 'technical notes'
  • Concise articles usually no longer than 2,500 words
  • Report on new ideas, recent advances or significant matters

2017 - Volume 4, Issue 1
Link to Digital Issue on TigerPrints

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Suspended Materials in a Semi-urbanized Tidal Creek after an Historic Flood Event and Implications for Water Quality Monitoring
Barbara A. Beckingham, Michael Shahin, Kathryn Ellis, and Timothy J. Callahan

Long-term and Two-period Analysis of Hydrologic Conditions of the South Edisto River
Rebecca W. Berzinis

Measuring and Modeling Flow Rates in Tidal Creeks: A Case Study from the Central Coast of South Carolina
Kathryn K. Ellis, Timothy Callahan, Dianne I. Greenfield, Denise Sanger, Joshua Robinson, and Martin Jones

Field Spectroscopy as a Tool for Enhancing Water Quality Monitoring in the ACE Basin, SC
Caitlyn C. Mayer and Khalid A. Ali

Drought and Water Shortages: South Carolina’s Response Mechanisms, Vulnerabilities, and Needs
Ekaterina Altman, Kirsten Lackstrom, and Hope Mizzell


ISSN 2334-4954 (print)
ISSN 2334-4962 (online)

Editor (2017-2019)
Devendra Amatya, PhD, PE
USDA Forest Service
Research Hydrologist

Previous Editor (2014-2016)
Timothy J. Callahan, PhD
College of Charleston
Professor and Chair- Geology

Managing Staff Editor
Dawn Anticole White, MMC
Clemson University
Program Mgr- SC Water Resources Center

2016 Editorial Committee
Jeffery S. Allen, PhD
Clemson University
Dir- SC Water Resources Center

Gwendelyn Geidel, PhD, JD
University of South Carolina
Dir- Environment & Sustainability Program
Research Professor- Dept of Earth & Ocean Sciences 

Noel M. Hurley
US Geological Survey
Assoc Dir- Water Science Ctr

Susan Libes, PhD
Coastal Carolina University
Dir- Waccamaw Watershed Academy 

Dwayne E. Porter, PhD
University of South Carolina
Assoc Chair & Dir- Graduate Studies
Dept of Environmental Health Sciences

Calvin B. Sawyer, PhD
Clemson University
Assoc Dir- Center for Watershed Excellence
Asst Professor- School of Agricultural, Forest & Environmental Sciences

Thomas M. Williams, PhD
Clemson University
Professor Emeritus- Forest Hydrology