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Water Quality Standards

Upcoming Public Input Opportunities


2013 Triennial

Staff Informational Forum
Notice of Proposed Regulation
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
1:00 pm  Peeples Auditorium
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Notice of Public Hearing
Thursday, January 9, 2014
10:00 am
Room 3420  (Board Room)
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Public Informational Forum
Proposed Reclassification of a portion
of Beaufort River and Albergotti Creek
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Technical College of the Low Country
Building 23
Beaufort, SC
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

In response to a petition received, DHEC proposes to amend R.61-69, Classified Waters, to reclassify a portion of the Beaufort River and Albergotti Creek from its current classification of SA (tidal saltwaters) to Shellfish Harvesting (SFH).  Interested persons are invited to attend.

At this meeting, officials from SC DHEC will be on hand to provide additional information and to receive any comments or information from the public on this proposed reclassification.  For further information, please contact Jason Gillespie, Water Quality Standards Coordinator, at 803-898-4330 or email at


Water Quality Standards

The South Carolina water quality standards are promulgated in S.C. Regulation 61-68, Water Classifications and Standards.  This regulation sets forth the classifications of our State’s waters and establishes water quality standards that protect and maintain the existing and classified uses of those waters.  Those beneficial uses, criteria set to protect and maintain those uses, and our antidegradation policy are all required components of the water quality standards as set forth in the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  Pursuant to Section 303(c)(2)(B) of the CWA, South Carolina is required to review its water quality standards to ensure that they remain current and compliant with Federal requirements and recommendations and to hold a public hearing regarding this review at least once every three years, commonly referred to, as the triennial review.

S.C. Regulation 61-69, Classified Waters is a compilation of many of the waters of the State listed by name, the county(ies) where the waterbody is located, the classification of the waterbody and any designation for that waterbody, and a brief description of the waterbody and any site-specific numeric criteria that apply to the listed waterbody.  This regulation must be amended each time a waterbody is reclassified to another classification.  Also, in order to ensure consistency between the State’s regulations, we must amend R.61-69 if changes are made to the classification system found in R.61-68.  All waters of the State of South Carolina are classified even if they are not specifically named or listed in R.61-69.  For those waters not listed, the classification of the waterbody that they are tributary to is the assigned class for those waters pursuant to the rules in both R.61-68 and R.61-69.

Triennial Review 2013

  • The Notice of Drafting for both regulations was published in the State Register on Friday, February 22, 2013.  Please note the closing date for the public comment period is March 25, 2013
  • Notice of Drafting

EPA Triennial Comments

Comments Received during Notice of Drafting

Recently Completed Actions

61-68 and 61 -69 have been updated to incorporate the changes detailed in the 2011 Triennial Update and the Revision for Bacteria Indicator Species highlighted below. These revisions were approved by USEPA on February 28, 2013.


Water Quality Standards Coordinator: Jason Gillespie (803) 898-4330

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