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November 8, 2010

S.C. Drought Committee to meet in Columbia Nov. 23

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will convene the South Carolina Drought Response Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the S.C. Forestry Commission's Large Conference Room (parking located in the back), 5500 Broad River Road in Columbia.

The purpose of the drought meeting is to evaluate the drought status statewide. The committee will review climatic data, streamflow and lake level data, and drought impacts.  Thirty-seven counties are currently in the first stage of drought.

Even though we have finally received some rain over the last two weeks we thought it was important to bring the committee together to review conditions before entering the winter recharge season.  Due to the below normal rainfall since mid-August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reached "Stage 1 Drought" for the Savannah River Basin and the Catawba Wateree Low Inflow Protocol is in "Stage 1 Drought" based on their criteria.

The meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss conditions in these basins and other activities underway statewide in anticipation of the forecast for below normal winter rainfall. 

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