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October 20, 2008

Drought Response Committee to meet Oct. 28 in Columbia

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will convene the South Carolina Drought Response Committee on Tuesday, October 28 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the S.C. Forestry Commission's Harbison Environmental Education Center, located at Harbison State Forest at 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. 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 last met on September 16. Nine Upstate counties remain in extreme drought.  Ten counties were downgraded or maintained at severe and three remain at moderate status. Thirteen counties were downgraded to incipient status.  Recent rains prompted the Drought Response Committee to remove the drought declaration for nine counties.

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

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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