Law enforcement officials played the 911 call from a Dec. 10 Sumter police officer-involved shooting for the public for the fist time since Wednesday, April 26. The man shot, Waltki Williams, died from his injuries.
From May through July, the amount of water flowing near the pipe dropped an average of 7 percent, according to river data analyzed this year by the DNR’s water division. And on some days, river flows may have dropped as much as 12 percent, the DNR says. The findings are among the first to show how the potato farm has affected the South Fork – and they are adding fuel to arguments for a crackdown on river irrigation by big crop growers across South Carolina.
Thirteen years ago, state planners recommended that rules be adopted to limit groundwater withdrawals and control irrigation from Aiken through Lexington and Richland counties. But the state Department of Health and Environmental Control didn’t think withdrawals in the state’s mid section were enough of a threat to justify regulation.