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June 17, 2008

Drought Response Committee to meet June 30 in Columbia

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will convene the South Carolina Drought Response Committee on Monday, June 30, 2008, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Ramage Conference Center, 1001 Bluff Road, State Farmers Market 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. Local response to the on-going drought will also be reviewed to determine if additional actions are needed to insure sustainable water supplies.

The S.C. Drought Response Committee maintained the drought status at "severe" for 12 South Carolina counties ranging from the Upstate to the upper Savannah River basin. Fourteen counties were downgraded to moderate while 20 were lowered to incipient on April 17, 2008.

For more information about drought, visit the Office of State Climatology or contact State Climatologist Hope Mizzell in Columbia at (803) 734-9568 or email 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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