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DREW'S VIEW: Edisto River-Walther Farms flap over for now, but fight against bad law isn’t

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:37 pm | Updated: 2:45 pm, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

Walther Farms, a Michigan-based potato farming operation that sparked controversy with its plans to withdraw billions of gallons of water each year from the South Fork of the Edisto River in Aiken and Barnwell counties, reached a compromise with environmentally conscious South Carolinians this week.

The Walthers have agreed to cut their surface water withdrawals at their primary 3,700-acre property along the South Fork in Aiken County from an estimated 6 billion gallons per year — an amount initially approved by DHEC — down to 3 billion gallons. 

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1 comment:

  • Edisto Concerns posted at 8:05 am on Mon, Feb 3, 2014.

    Edisto Concerns Posts: 1

    Thanks for the common sense point of view, Drew! We hope that Farm Bureau will stop the smear campaign and diversionary tactics and come to the table to discuss (like adults, as you say...) common sense changes to the current laws. We all just need to admit this is a good law with a few loopholes that need to be closed.

    We need to do this before our rivers are sucked dry. I assure you, if the law is not changed soon, there will be many more mega-farms in places you don't expect them, and many more flare-ups of public outrage. Someone told me this week it's like not having a speed limit on Main Street-- it's not a question of IF there will be a problem, it is WHEN.

    Thanks again for getting the word out. (TomS / EdistoConcerns)

     

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