The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) states plainly that “effective water planning and management requires an accurate assessment of the location and quantity of the water resources of the state.” In other words, decisions about our water use must be made using sound science, not politics or lawsuits brought by special interests.
Unfortunately, those special interests are pushing lawmakers to pollute that scientific approach by rushing through changes to existing laws. Currently, SCDNR is conducting it’s statewide water assessment which will be completed this summer. It’s suspicious that they won’t wait for the science but rather are pushing to create a politicized process that will hurt farmers and their ability to water crops.
SC family farmers support the statewide water assessment and rely on the science to grow their crops, which in turn feeds our state.
Additionally, these groups are trying to change a law that took five years to create. Groups from all sides, including environmental groups, came to the table to establish this law – and it’s working! Everyone, including farmers, must register their water use and allow the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to determine that the use is within a scientifically established “safe yield”.
This law was enacted after input from many different organizations, including:
SC Manufacturers Alliance, SC Chamber of Commerce, SC Utilities and Electric Cooperatives, SC Existing Public Water Systems, International Paper, Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, SC Association of REALTORS®, Coastal Conservation League, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, SC Sierra Club, SC Camo Coalition, SC Wildlife Federation, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Natural Resources, and Riverkeeper organizations.
It’s time to tell legislators enough politics! Our farmers have a job to do – providing for South Carolina.