The state’s water supplies are a natural advantage and a sought-after commodity, increasingly challenged by human needs and natural conditions. More than ever, scientists, politicians and regulators have to negotiate its use.
These issues underlie a statewide conference held every two years. The 2010 conference is themed “Science and Policy Challenges for a Sustainable Future ” and brings together hundreds of people directly involved in the protection and use of water.
Gene Eidson, conference co-chairman and director of the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence says the issues discussed at the conference in Columbia affect our quality of life and the economic vitality of South Carolina.
According to organizers from Clemson University and DHEC, there are sessions with 140 presenters from the state’s universities, federal and state agencies, environmental engineering consultants and municipalities. One plenary session involves state legislators describing how water policy fits into the agenda of the upcoming session in January.
Gubernatorial candidates were asked to speak about their agenda for the state’s water resources. Vincent Sheheen spoke at a lunchtime session. Nikki Haley declined.
For more information, go to www.scwaterconference.org.