Water Quality Standards
Notice of Proposed Regulation
Notice of Public Informational Meeting
Reclassification of a portion of the Beaufort River and Albergotti Creek
In response to a petition received, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (Department) 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:
Public Informational Meeting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Water Quality Standards Webpage.
Notice of Public Hearing
Thursday, January 9, 2014
DHEC Board Meeting
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Room 3420 (Board Room)
Interested members of the public and regulated community are invited to make oral or written comments on the proposed amendments to R.61-68, Water Classifications and Standards at a public hearing to be conducted by the Board of the Department of Health and Environmental Control at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. The public hearing will be held in room 3420 (Board Room), Third Floor, Aycock Building of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Notice of cancellation or any change in meeting times will be noticed in the Board meeting agenda at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. The Board agenda is published by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/board.htm. Information on the public hearing can be obtained by calling the Clerk of the Board at (803) 898-3550. Persons desiring to make oral comments at the hearing are asked to limit their statements to five minutes or less and, as a courtesy, are asked to provide written copies of their presentation for the record. Due to admittance procedures at the DHEC Building, all visitors should enter through the Bull Street entrance and register at the front desk
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.
- R.61-68 (NEW UPDATED!)
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.
- R.61-69 (NEW UPDATED!)
- 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
Comments Received during Notice of Drafting
- Comments from SRS
- Comments from Chester Sansbury
- Comments from American Rivers, et al.
- Comments from the Honorable Senator Robert W. Hayes, Jr.
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.
- Triennial Review 2011
Information regarding the recent triennial review of the water quality standards.
- Revision for Bacterial Indicator Species
Information regarding the proposal to change indicator species for recreational uses in freshwaters of the State.
Water Quality Standards Coordinator: Jason Gillespie (803) 898-4330
Bureau of Water . Phone: (803) 898-4300 . Fax: (803) 898-3795 . Contact Us