NATURAL RESOURCES, SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has been coordinating a Consortium of Federal, State and local governments agencies to develop digital elevelation models using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technologies since 2007. To date, twenty-three counties of the 46 counties in South Carolina have been flown and three addtional counties have contributed their existing data to the Consortium. Two counties are planned for winter-spring 2010 acquistion and processing. The acquistion of these counties will complete LiDAR for most of the urbanized portion of the State including the beach and resort area where both natural process and development pressures are of a paramount concern to resource management and emergency planning organizations. This project will develop LiDAR data for four rural, undeveloped counties within the coastal plain for the State where financial resources are not available to meet this need. This grant award LiDAR project will include four of the six remaining counties in the South Carolina coastal watersheds indentified in the grant annoucement. The counties are: Hampton, Allendale, Bamberg and Lee. In total, they comprise 1775 square miles or 5.2% of the land area of the state. The importance and applicability of this project is based on three primary factors. First, acquisition of LiDAR data for the four counties contributes significantly to completion of South Carolina Coastal Watershed Counties for inclusion in the National Map and Nationa Elevation Program databases. Since 2007, the SCDNR has partnered witth U.S. Geological Survey, State Liaison Office to eastablish and coordinate the SC LiDAR Consortium. This Consortium is open to any Federal, State, County or Local government agency, University or private organization willing to contribute funding or in-kind servies to support the development of public domain LiDAR data to replace the existing 30X30 meter Digital Elevation Models. This Consortium is composed of 21 agencies that have contributed to the development of LiDAR data to meet their legislated mandates.