Water Quality Planning

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is responsible for the 208 (Wastewater) Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) for non-designated areas. Six Councils of Governments have been designated as Water Quality Planning Agencies for specific regions in South Carolina. SCDHEC also provides information on permits, monitoring and assessment activities within your watershed using  an application called SC Watershed Atlas.

The Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) has been designated as the water quality management planning agency for the Lowcountry region. In order to facilitate a systematic and regional approach to protecting water quality, the LCOG is responsible for completing and updating the 208 Water Quality Management Plan, and for performing administrative functions for wastewater certifications (208 Certifications) in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.

The implementation of the 208 Plan comprises the following three procedures:

  • Public Participation: The public are given the opportunity to participate in any revision or amendment proposed for the 208 Plan via public hearings.
  • Amendment: Plan amendments are required when there are, but not limited to, changes in operated wastewater treatment facility, conflicts with the applicable 208 Plan, and amendments’ jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan.
  • Conformance Review: A 208 certification is required to assure that construction or development on any type of structure requiring wastewater treatment conform with the 208 Plan.
To request a Conformance Review for your project, please fill out the form below and email it to Dr. Maleena Parkey, Principal Planner at mparkey@lowcountrycog.org.


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Water Quality Management Plans3 documents

  • 2019 Lower Savannah River Watershed Protection Plan
    document seq 10.00
  • 2012 Lowcountry Water Quality Management (208) Plan
    document seq 9.00
  • 2011 SCDHEC Water Quality Management Plan
    document seq 8.00

Lowcountry 208 Plan Amendments27 documents

  • Amendment 30 Cherry Point WRF Expansion
    document seq 30.00
  • Amendment 29 Walterboro WWTP Expansion
    document seq 29.00
  • Amendment 28 Brunson WWTP Upgrade
    document seq 28.00
  • Amendment 27 Yemassee WWTP Modification
    document seq 27.00
  • Amendment 26 Port Royal WRF Modification
    document seq 26.00
  • Amendment 24 Hilton Head PSD New Reverse Osmosis
    document seq 24.00
  • Amendment 23 Hardeeville WWTP Expansion
    document seq 23.00
  • Amendment 22 Point South WWTP Expansion
    document seq 22.00
  • Amendment 21 Cherry Point WWTP Expansion
    document seq 21.00
  • Amendment 20 Closed-Out Bluffton WWTP
    document seq 20.00
  • Amendment 19 (revised) Bull Point Plantation
    document seq 19.00
  • Amendment 18 Yemassee WWTP Expansion
    document seq 18.00
  • Amendment 17 Shell Point and Southside WRFs Replacement
    document seq 17.00
  • Amendment 16 BJWSA Proposal
    document seq 16.00
  • Amendment 15 Bull Point Plantation
    document seq 15.00
  • Amendment 14 Cherry Point WWTP Expansion
    document seq 14.00
  • Amendment 13 Addition to Page 39
    document seq 13.00
  • Amendment 12 Palmetto Bluff Services
    document seq 12.00
  • Amendment 11 New Inverary WWTP
    document seq 11.00
  • Amendment 10 (III) Fripp Island WWTP Expansion
    document seq 10.30
  • Amendment 10 (II) New Objective 6
    document seq 10.20
  • Amendment 10 (I) Amended Policy 5.3
    document seq 10.10
  • Amendment 9 Addition to Page 44
    document seq 9.00
  • Amendment 8 Hilton Head PSD #1 Expansion
    document seq 8.00
  • Amendment 7 Addition to Page 38
    document seq 7.00
  • Amendment 6 Addition to Page 36
    document seq 6.00
  • Amendment 5 Objective 5 and 6
    document seq 5.00