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Emily Cedzo

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Google and groundwater

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Today — as we face drought conditions and less than two years after Google’s first request rocked the region — the tech giant is applying for the exact same groundwater permit and the Coastal Conservation League has some of the same concerns. Google wants to pull 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from an ancient and pristine aquifer that supports neighboring towns. Google is set to expand its data center in Berkeley County and wants to pull…



Saturday, March 23, 2019

A plan to spray treated sewage from a package wastewater treatment plant on a public park under construction on Doar Road in Awendaw is currently being considered by the Charleston County Greenbelt Advisory Board. The “package plant” would serve both the new school and a new residential development just down the road from the future park. This plan is risky because package plants have…


A Deep Dive on Shoreline Reform

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The last time I emailed you, I shared the good news that the most important policy for protecting our beachfront was returned to House Bill 4683—the non-seaward baseline. And last week, the bill was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster. This important policy win was only made possible by your participation and engagement. So first, I want to say thank you for hanging in there and for making a difference in the laws…

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House Bill 3529: The Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bans is Dead

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9: Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey confirms that lawmakers will not consider H. 3529 before the end of legislative session (Thursday, May 10), essentially killing the legislation. Thursday, April 12: H. 3529 was passed out of Senate Committee and will now hit the Senate floor. This is the FINAL stop before becoming potential law. Now, more than ever, we need your support to stop this bad bill. Please thank Senators Senn,

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House Bill 4683: The Shoreline Bill Becomes Law

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3: The bill was signed into law by Governor McMaster. Thursday, April 19: The bill, upholding a baseline that will never move more seaward, was passed out of the Senate and sent back to the House for concurrence. The House concurred on April 25 and the bill is heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed. Thursday, March 29:  The bill was discussed, amended, and passed out of the full Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources…

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Senate Bill 927: Shoreline Bill Carried Over in Subcommittee

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wednesday, January 31: S. 927 was voted to carry over to the next Subcommittee meeting. We await the date of this meeting. After hearing public testimony, subcommittee members agreed that S. 927 will require necessary amendments before the bill will be passed out to the Senate floor. We hope to see significant improvements that will maintain a non-seaward baseline for SC taxpayers and provide clarity for the many tasks DHEC would have to undertake. Ultimately, we…

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Final Countdown: Comment Now on DHEC’s Revised Lines

Friday, November 3, 2017

What is the latest on those wonky DHEC setback lines? (To comply with the Beachfront Management Act, DHEC is updating the baseline and setback lines for coastal development. You can read all about it in my last blog entry here. Remember: The last day to comment is November 6!) Here’s the latest: Last week, Governor McMaster called on DHEC to delay setting the lines by extending the public comment…


Setting Lines for South Carolina’s Dynamic Shoreline

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In the last few years, coastal communities have weathered intense storms and difficult periods of recovery. This trend will continue. In order to build resilience, we must be forward-thinking. Now is the time to craft sound regulatory decisions around coastal policy. South Carolina is on the right track. Last spring, members of the Coastal Conservation League, citizens, and our conservation coalition partners worked with Rep. Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R-Beaufort), Rep. James Smith…

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