Friends of the Edisto members in the vicinity of Wagner and Sally have been monitoring the development of the Walther Farms potato growing operation, a "mega-farm" of well over 3500 acres on the South Fork of the Edisto River. Walther Farms, a national company headquartered in Michigan, has already obtained state approval to withdraw a large amount of irrigation water from the South Fork in Aiken County and is currently seeking a second approval from the state for another withdrawal just downstream from the first.
FRED is concerned for the health of the river and engaged in finding remedies to the state decisions that have allowed these large water withdrawal requests to be considered and approved with no public notice and opportunity for review and input by affected parties. Additional information will be forthcoming in the days ahead. See the FRED Facebook site for videos, news links, and comments related to the Walther Farms development. Please continue your support of Friends of the Edisto.