Proposed Revision of S.C. Regulation 61-68, Water Classifications and Standards (R. 61-68) and S.C. Regulation 61-69, Classified Waters
S.C. Regulation 61-68 is South Carolina’s water quality standards regulation. The Department has decided to amend R.61-68 to change the bacterial indicator species for protection of recreational uses in freshwaters of the State. The current indicator species is fecal coliform (FC). The Department intends to switch indicator species and adopt E.coli as the indicator species in our freshwaters. The Department has also made the decision to amend S.C. Regulation 61-69, Classified Waters. This regulation is a compilation of the State’s listed waters, their counties and site description of their locations, classifications and designations, and any applicable site-specific criteria for that listed waterbody. In order to be consistent between regulations, R.61-69 will be amended to include any proposed changes made in R.61-68 and we also intend to correct errors which have occurred over time. R.61-69 will be replaced in its entirety.
In accordance with the S.C. Administrative Procedures Act (APA), the Department has begun the promulgation process for review and potential revision of R 61-68 and R.61-69 with a Notice of Drafting in the April 22, 2011 State Register.
Notice of Drafting
The Notice of Drafting for both regulations was published in the State Register on Friday, April 22, 2011. Please note the closing date for the public comment period is May 23, 2011.
Comments Received from the Notice of Drafting
- U.S. National Park Service
- Greenville County
- Upstate Forever and SCCCL
- SCWQA Amended Comments on NOD
- City of Georgetown
- Andy Yasinsac
Additional comments received
Second Notice of Drafting
A second Notice of Drafting for both regulations was published in the State Register on Friday, July 22, 2011. Please note the closing date for the public comment period is August 22, 2011.
Notice of Proposed Regulation for R.61-68 and R.61-69
Comments received from the Notice of Proposed Regulation
- Public Hearing was held on January 12, 2012 at DHEC Board Meeting.
Document No. 4212
- Document No. 4212 submitted to S. C. Legislature on January 30, 2012.
- SCDHEC link to pathogen study data.
Evaluation of Freshwater Recreational Uses and Bacteria