State Water Planning Process Advisory Committee (PPAC)
The State Water Planning Process Advisory Committee (PPAC) is comprised of stakeholders with diverse interests in South Carolina's water resources.
Clemson University, South Carolina Water Resources Center
Fred Castles, III
Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group
Mount Pleasant Waterworks
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club
J.J. Jowers, Jr
Citizen, Bamberg Co, Edisto Engineers and Surveyors, Inc.
The Nature Conservancy
South Carolina Rural Water Association
Dean Moss, Jr
Citizen, Formerly of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC)
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)
Anderson Regional Joint Water System
Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.
Facilitator - JD Solomon
Coordinator - Tom Walker
What is the Planning Process Advisory Committee?
In March of 2018, SCDNR convened a diverse stakeholder group called the Planning Process Advisory Committee (PPAC) to help revamp and expand the planning process for the State Water Plan. The PPAC includes some 20 members representing agriculture, commerce, environmental groups, recreation, power generators, reservoir owners and public water suppliers. Additionally, there is representation on the PPAC from the staffs of SCDNR, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the SC Water Resources Center of Clemson University.
When does the PPAC meet?
This group meets on the first Thursday of every month in Columbia, SC.
What is the PPAC doing for state water planning?
The PPAC is diligently working together on defining the elements of the planning process. The PPAC also has 15 sub-committees meeting frequently by conference call to discuss assigned topics to collaborate in the development of a regional water planning framework document.
What are River Basin Councils?
The current vision for an updated State Water Plan is to develop stakeholder-driven local water resource management plans for each of the state’s eight major river basins. Each river basin would have a River Basin Council (RBC) assigned to develop their local plan with each plan eventually getting rolled up into the State Water Plan. PPAC members are expected to assist the RBCs on consistency with the plan development process. The RBCs would have representatives from the major interest categories of the water sector, including opportunities for citizens at-large, and would receive valued assistance from state and federal agencies and consultants. While the numbers of available seats on each RBC would be defined out of necessity for team efficiency, the RBC meetings would be open to the public and RBCs’ decision making would be very transparent.
How will RBCs be funded?
SCDNR currently has a budget request before the General Assembly to fund ongoing administration of the State Water Plan along with initial funds to start the river basin planning process. These initial funds will get the process started, however additional funding in following years will be essential to complete the plan as intended.
South Carolina’s water supplies face new stress; 8 new councils may wade in
Post and Courier - July 6, 2018
Stakeholder Op-Ed: Will we have enough water for our future?
Moultrie News - February 20, 2019
SCRWA Decision Makers Summit
Hilton Head, SC - February 22, 2019
"State Water Planning - Groundwater Advisory Committee, Planning Process Advisory Committee, and River Basin Councils"
PPAC members: Scott Willett, Clay Duffie, and Jill Miller
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March 7, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Presentations and Other Materials
June 28th Meeting Presentation (Texas Water Planning)
June 28th Meeting Presentation (Texas: An Approach to Developing the Blueprint)
September 6th Meeting Presentation (Brief Overview of South Carolina Water Law)
September 6th Meeting Presentation (South Carolina State Water Plan: Metrics for Plan Effectiveness)
October 17, 2018 - South Carolina Water Resources Conference Morning Plenary Session: Presentation (SCDNR Water Planning and Water Science)