Wilkinson Pleased with Hartwell Summit

50th District State Senator John Wilkinson said he is glad to see cooperation between the states of Georgia and South Carolina when it comes to the Savannah River Basin.

Wilkinson joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, along with other legislators from both states at LakeHartwell last week at the Joint State Savannah River Basin Caucus Summit.

The summit’s goal was to bring leaders from both states, as well as local communities on the Savannah River Basin and federal officials, together discuss how better to manage the river basin’s resources.

Following those discussions, the summit ended with the signing of an intergovernmental agreement between Georgia and South Carolina to split funding of a major million-dollar study of the Savannah River Basin.

According to officials, the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study, when complete, will provide important data to recommend changes to the current water management plan and improve the Drought Plan.

In a statement, Wilkinson said he is pleased to see the states work together to try to bring more adaptive water management to Lake Hartwell through this comprehensive study, adding that Lake Hartwell attracts an estimated 10 million people annually to its shorelines while providing flood control, hydropower, commercial and recreational uses that have an economic impact of millions of dollars for the region.