Fri., January 22, 2010 1:45pm (EST)

Savannah River Forum Sees South Carolina and Georgia Working Toward Water Compact
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
The Savannah River is a shared resource between Georgia and South Carolina and has often been a point of contention. South Carolina officials say they hope to come to a long-term agreement with Georgia on the use of the river. (GPB image)
The Savannah River is a shared resource between Georgia and South Carolina and has often been a point of contention. South Carolina officials say they hope to come to a long-term agreement with Georgia on the use of the river. (GPB image)
More than 100 people showed up for the first Savannah River Basin Regional Water Resource Forum in North Augusta. They listened to presentations on everything from river ecology to water conservation.

Michael McShane chairs the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. He says such meetings could lead to a compact between South Carolina and Georgia on sharing the Savannah River.

"As we have these conversations, in my case with our colleagues in Georgia, on some agreement that we want to create for the two states, this will be that input that we need to hear. And we’ll have to do more of these," McShane said.

McShane says his state wants to avoid the kind of water related litigation Georgia has been involved in with Alabama and Florida.