South Carolina Residents: State’s Surface Water Law Is Unconstitutional Taking

Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 8:11 AM EDT) -- BARNWELL, S.C. — Five South Carolina riparian rights owners on Sept. 4, 2014, sued the state government to have the Surface Water Withdrawal Act of 2010 declared unconstitutional (James Jefferson Jowers, Sr., et al. v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, No. 2014-CP-06-322, S.C. Comm. Pls., Barnwell Co.).

(Complaint available. Document #95-141023-031C.)

James J. Jowers Sr. and four other South Carolina residents say they each own property that borders various rivers to which they each have riparian rights to water therein. The plaintiffs say...
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