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South Carolina Drought News Release

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Land, Water and Conservation Division
South Carolina Drought Response Program
Department of Natural Resources News (803) 734-4133

September 28 1999

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is convening the State and Northwest Drought Response Committee on Thursday, September 30, 1999, at 10:30 AM.  The meeting will be held in the Greenville County Council Chambers, Greenville County Offices, 301 University Ridge, Greenville, SC.

The Committee will evaluate drought conditions within the Northwest Drought Management Area (DMA) to determine if a need exists for action beyond the scope of local government.

I strongly recommend that all committee members and all water suppliers attend this important meeting.  Water suppliers will have the opportunity to discuss current and projected supplies.  The continued severity of drought conditions in the northwestern region of the state has generated major concerns regarding water supply problems and potential forest fires. If action in addition to local measures is necessary to insure adequate supplies of water in the Northwest DMA, the Drought Response Committee will prepare recommendations to reduce or alleviate drought impacts.

The Drought Response Committee should consult with and invite participation by representatives of municipalities, counties, commissions of public works, and any other water users in the Northwest DMA.  Should the drought situation continue to deteriorate, the Drought Response Committee will immediately notify the Governor and provide a priority list of recommended actions.

All members are encouraged to review the current precipitation, streamflow, and drought index material available on the South Carolina Drought Information Web site.

For those committee members without access to the Internet please contact Hope Mizzell at 803-737-0800 for the latest information.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Directions to Greenville County Offices:

From Columbia, take Interstate 26 to Interstate 385 into downtown Greenville (Bi-Lo Center will be on right), turn left on Church Street; at 3rd traffic light, turn right onto University Ridge. County Offices are on the right. Enter through main entrance (at flag poles), Council Chambers are immediately to the right.

From Clemson, take Interstate 85 North to Interstate 385 to downtown Greenville, left on Church Street, etc. (see remaining directions above)

Find out more about the State Climatology Office at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/ or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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