South Carolina water plan—second edition
Badr, A. W.
Gellici, Joseph A.
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In 2004, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources published the second edition of the South Carolina Water Plan, a guide for managing the State’s surface and ground water in order to maximize the use of this resource while protecting it for future use. One of the more important recommendations in this Water Plan is the proposal to regulate surface and ground water withdrawals. In order to sustain the resource and protect the environment and the rights of all water users, this edition recommends that the State be authorized to allocate and regulate surface and ground water with-drawals. The Water Plan also introduces a water-sharing strategy that relates lake inflows and lake levels to downstream releases and other lake withdrawals in an effort to balance and mitigate the negative impacts that water shortages have on all surface-water users.