Bill to tighten water withdrawal law to be filed

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:43 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:46 a.m.

A bill that would require a potato farm to have a permit rather than a registration to pull billions of gallons of water from the South Edisto River could be filed as soon as today.

S.C. Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, is the head sponsor of the proposed bill.

In April, Walther Farms, which owns a couple thousand acres in the Windsor area, received approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control to draw up to 805 million gallons of water from the river for its operations.

Another registration from the farm is currently being reviewed by SCDHEC.

One of the most points of contention of this issue among conservationists is that an agricultural registration doesn’t require public notice unlike a surface water withdrawal permit.

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