Pee Dee River Basin Council Launches Into Phase 2 of Water Planning Effort
The 25-person Pee Dee River Basin Council (RBC) has moved into Phase 2 of its 24-month program. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is the lead agency. Brown and Caldwell (BC) and JD Solomon Inc are teamed to provide facilitation and plan development. JD Solomon is the lead facilitator for the effort.
Phase 2 consists of refining and applying three different models of the basin. SCDNR is developing water demand projections and CDM Smith is performing the surface water modeling. Both models are Excel-based. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is providing the groundwater model of the basin using the finite difference model MODFLOW.
The Pee Dee RBC will review and refine the models over the next few months. The outputs will be the basis of strategies, monitoring, and risk management recommendations developed specifically for this basin. Subsequent phases will include prioritizing and negotiating the different strategies among the different interests and developing the report.
In other recent news, the Pee Dee RBC elected long-time basin resident and businessman Buddy Richardson as chair and Waccamaw Riverkeeper Cara Schildtknecht as Vice-Chair.
Visit the Pee Dee River Basin Council website for more information.
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