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Group Tries To Answer River F
Slate Rep. E. David Red wine (D-Brunswick) A system of dams on the river or a scries of
was to meet Wednesday morning. Feb. 23, in flow regulation devices in drainage canals enter
Raleigh with personnel from several state agen- ing the river both have been proposed as possible
cies to begin studying a persistent problem of low solutions.
water flow in the Waccamaw River. "We're just following up on what we talked
a, . c.k 7 .. _ about," Redwine said. Representatives of the
At a Feb. 7 meeting at the Waccamaw .L. r?- ? ? r .
Community Building, a crowd of approximately ) T f?;
100 people told Redwine. ReP. Dewey Hill and f. r W,,dl'fe and Soil and
Sen. R C Soles Jr.. state and U.S. Army Corps of * ater C onscrva,,on begin rying to .dent.fy
? i r. the source or sources ot the problem.
Engineers officials that thev want something done .... ,, . , 'j , , ,
. n .u ^ the prob em mav be related to low water lev
to maintain water flow in the river. , l . , . - . . . ...
els experienced elsewhere in the VVaccamaw sys
Water level is high only a few weeks out of tcm. State officials plan to meet with Lake
each year and at other times drops dramatically. Waccamaw residents on March 1 regarding a
leaving sand banks and pools of water and hurting state study of that watershed.
boating and fishing on the river. Redwine said Lake Waccamaw residents are
concerned about the low water level in the lake at
the head of the river, while South Carolina resi
dents also report low water on their stretch of the
river below Pireway.
"We're not looking for a quick fix kind of
thing," said Redwine. "It will take considerable
effort and study. I suspect there will be a lot more
meetings. If we're lucky enough to identify the
source of the problem, it may take a while to
identify a solution that is good both for people
and the aquatic life in the river."
"It's not a simple thing to look at."
The legislative delegation has pledged to meet
again with Ash area residents on July 18 to dis
cuss their findings.
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