Working Towards a Comprehensive Water Resources Policy

Collaborative efforts are crucial for the development and dissemination of water policy, as policy implications affect the social, cultural and physical characteristics of the major streams, reservoirs, and their watersheds. The South Carolina Water Resources Center is affiliated with a variety of collaborations in the water policy arena for South Carolina.

South Carolina Water Resources AssessmentsEffective planning and management requires an accurate assessment of the location and quantity of water resources. The surface water and groundwater assessments are the first and second phases in water resources planning and policy. Following the publication of these assessments, the following phases will focus on the development of a state water plan. Link to partner contacts >>

South Carolina Water Resources ConferenceAn integrated forum for policy, research and management to prepare for and meet the growing challenge of providing water resources to sustain and grow South Carolina’s economy. The next conference will be held October 17-18, 2018. CONTACT: Meredith Driver, mdriver@clemson.edu or (864) 656-7592.

Journal of South Carolina Water ResourcesThe annual Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access publication. It was established in 2013 to enhance outreach efforts and provide an outlet to communicate information and results from work on advancements in water science, policy, management, and law pertaining to South Carolina. CONTACT: Dawn Anticole White, MMC, dawnw@clemson.edu or (864) 656-9872.

Clemson Water-Energy Consortium (WEC)The mission of the WEC is to contribute research leading to technology innovations in water systems with a minimization of energy and carbon footprints as well as energy systems with a minimization of water and carbon footprint. THEME 5 Leader- Water & Energy Management, Policy, and Economics: Jeffery S. Allen, PhD, jsallen@clemson.edu or (864) 646-2145.

Stormwater Ponds Research CollaborativeThe South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium has initiated an effort to gather scientists and resource managers from across the state to to further investigate and address the challenges associated with stormwater ponds in our coastal areas. CONTACT: Bridget Cotti-Rausch, PhD, bridget.cotti-rausch@seagrant.org or (843) 953-6406. (Download 2017 Overview Update)

Clemson Master of Public AdministrationThis online professional degree program in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) sends graduates into an array of public, non-profit, and private sector agencies serving as city / county managers, finance officers, emergency managers, urban planners, and other successful career paths. CONTACT: Lori Dickes, PhD, lorid@clemson.edu or (864) 656-7831.


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Recent Publications

Dickes, Lori A., Jeffery S. Allen, Monika Jalowiecka, Katie Buckley. 2016. A Policy Lens of South Carolina Coastal Stormwater Management. Journal of South Carolina Water Resources 3(1): 31-41.

2016 South Carolina
Water Resources Conference
Policy Track Proceedings:

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

Safe Yield in the Upper Saluda Watershed - Is It Really Safe?
Melanie Ruhlman, North Wind, Inc.