Welcome to the first edition of the Journal of South Carolina Water Resources. We are pleased to offer this resource to academics, practitioners and policymakers in South Carolina and the region. The introductory issue of this journal corresponds closely to the October, biennial meeting of the South Carolina Water Resources Conference. The 2014 conference theme is Informing Strategic Water Planning to Address Natural Resource, Community and Economic Challenges. With this in mind, the articles chosen for the inaugural edition relate to the critical idea of water planning and management aimed at ensuring the sustainability of this critical natural resource.