Air Quality & Water Quality
Air pollution is becoming a more significant issue in South Carolina as we are faced with the challenges of complying with national air quality standards. It is imperative that we meet these standards while still promoting the economic well-being of our state and enhancing the quality of life of our citizens. The Waccamaw Air Quality Coalition was formed to serve as a forum to discuss air quality concerns and ideas for the tri-county region (Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg counties).
The coalition serves as as resource to exchange information about regional air quality concerns and to obtain input from stakeholders as we work to address these issues in a coordinated and proactive effective manner. The Coalition meets quarterly and is open to any member of the public, local industry, municipality or other agency that has an interest in air quality issues. Those who wish to be notified of upcoming meeting times and dates or those who have suggestions on future agenda items or topics should contact Daniel Newquist (843.436.6131 or Email).
Regional Air Quality Information Resources
Section 208 Water Quality Management:
The principal objective of the Section 208 program is to maintain and improve water quality as it relates to the classification of surface waters in the Waccamaw Region. The program is funded by local 208 partner management agencies, supplemented by 205J grant funds from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Through an on-going agreement with DHEC, the Section 208 Program Coordinator reviews all wastewater permit applications in the Waccamaw Region to ensure that they are consistent with goals of the “Waccamaw Region Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan.”
In FY2010-2011, the WRCOG was afforded the opportunity to update the “Waccamaw Region Section 208 Water Quality Managment Plan” via an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant issued to SC DHEC. This has allowed the WRCOG Section 208 program to reevaluate existing water quality issues and assess new strategies to address future concerns that may affect our region.
The Section 208 Program Coordinator works with sewer providers to identify cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to upgrade/expand wastewater treatment facilities in the Waccamaw/AIWW System and other parts of the region. The Program Coordinator also works with local governments on non point source pollution issues.
2011 Waccamaw Region Section 208 Water Quality Management Plan Documents
- 2011 Waccamaw Region 208 Plan- Title Table of Contents
- 2011 Waccamaw Region 208 Plan Chapters 1-6
- 2011 Waccamaw Region 208_Plan- Chapters 7-11
- 2011 Waccamaw Region 208 Plan -Appendix
- 2011 Waccamaw Region 208_Plan- Watershed Maps Works Cited
2014 Murrells Inlet Watershed Plan
The Murrells Inlet Watershed Plan was made possible by a 319 grant funded by SC DHEC. The plan was developed by the Waccamaw Regional COG in partnership with Murrells Inlet 2020, Horry County Stormwater, Georgetown County Stormwater, Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy and the Earthworks Group, Inc.
- Murrells Inlet Watershed Plan Part A
- Murrells Inlet Watershed Plan Part B
- Murrells Inlet Watershed Plan Part C
- Murrells Inlet Watershed Plan Part D
South Carolina Green Infrastructure Modeling Project
For more information about this statewide effort please visit the Green Infrastructure Center website at: http://www.gicinc.org/projects.htm