POLITICS: Vincent Sheheen visiting residents near large potato farm

Posted by SAMMY FRETWELL on January 27, 2014 

Crews work in December on the piping system necessary to siphon up to 9.6 billion gallons of water needed annually to irrigate a mega potato farm coming to Aiken County.


S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Democratic candidate for governor, will meet Monday with some Aiken County residents to discuss their concerns about the Edisto River and a large potato farm planned for the region southwest of Columbia.

The 1:15 p.m. meeting, to be held at the Little Bake Shop on Main Street in Wagener, follows more than a month of controversy about whether the Walther Farms irrigation plan will take too much water from the Edisto's South Fork.

State regulators say the river can withstand the withdrawals, but Friends of the Edisto has challenged state approval, saying the river is too shallow and narrow.

Walther's initial plan was to take up to 9.6 billion gallons for two new farm sites of more than 5,000 acres.

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