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History of the Capital District

South Carolina waterways
Originally named District 3, The Capital District, was one of the first four districts of the Water and Pollution Control Association of South Carolina.  Our first organizational meeting was on April 7, 1977, at the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company office in Columbia.

1970s & 80s

The original “seed” money to start the district was loaned to the district by the state association, which was repaid later. During the first year, the membership grew to about 60 members. Originally the meetings were held quarterly at local restaurants at which the members paid for their meals. There were usually about 35 members present at these meetings. During the late 70’s and early 80’s the district membership grew to about 175 members. Later, organizations in the district began to sponsor the district meetings.

Late 80s – The Clarifier is Born 

The Clarifier Newsletter
In January 1988, the first issue of the district newsletter, The Clarifier, was published. The first issues were printed in Newberry. In 1989, the Capital District and Pee Dee District held their first joint district meeting at the Camden Seafood Hut in Camden. The following year the joint district meeting included the Waccamaw District and was moved to Myrtle Beach. The following year the Low Country District was added. It has grown into what is known as the Operator’s Conference. The meeting was moved to the fall to separate it from the South Carolina Environmental Conference.

The 90s – Growth And Activity

By 1990, the membership had grown to 398 members. In 1995, the Capital District had its first family night at the Capital City Bombers stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Also, that year all district members were required to join the state association, which increased the Capital District’s membership substantially. In 1996 the Capital District had to cancel its dinner/dance/meeting and first golf tournament at the Pine Island meeting due to the threat of Hurricane Fran. Members that had registered to attend the functions were offered a refund. In 1997, the Capital District held its first golf tournament, which was a huge success along with the dinner/dance/meeting at Pine Island.
By 1997, the membership had grown to 675 members.


The Capital District has always tried to provide very informative and interesting technical sessions in all aspects of environmental interest not only to provide our members with a source of contact hours to maintain their professional license, but also to keep them up-to-date on new technology and knowledge. The meetings have also provided members an opportunity to share information with other professionals and enjoy good food and fellowship. The Capital District will continue to focus on the needs and interest of its members and is committed to providing the best opportunities to broaden their skills and knowledge as trusted stewards of our precious waters.

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