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August 1, 2008

Drought Response Committee to meet Aug. 5 in Columbia

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will convene the South Carolina Drought Response Committee on Tuesday, August 5 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the S.C. Forestry Commission's Harbison Environmental Education Center, located at Harbison State Forest at 5600 Broad River Road in Columbia.  

The purpose of the drought meeting is to evaluate the drought status statewide. The committee willDrought map review climatic data, streamflow and lake level data, and drought impacts. Local response to the on-going drought will also be reviewed to determine if additional actions are needed to insure sustainable water supplies. During the June 30 meeting, the S.C. Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought status to "extreme" for Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties; upgraded or maintained 14 counties at "severe"; upgraded or maintained 21 counties at "moderate" and maintained six counties at "incipient" along the coast.

For more information about drought, visit the Office of State Climatology or contact State Climatologist Hope Mizzell in Columbia at (803) 734-9568 or e-mail at mizzellh@dnr.sc.gov.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.


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