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COMMENTARY: Rights of SC people, natural spaces must come before rights of utilities

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

By Faith Rivers James Originally published in the Post & Courier   Ten years ago, the oil industry and federal government attempted to open the door to oil drilling in the ocean near our beaches. The Coastal Conservation League, along with many partners, fought that effort, and there is now a bipartisan, community-wide consensus that oil drilling on our coast should not — and will not — be allowed. Gasoline usage in the United States has declined…

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What’s happening to our beaches?

Monday, April 1, 2024

It’s no secret that many of our beaches have taken a beating over the last handful of months. Increasingly intense and frequent storms have eroded some of the places you and I have the pleasure of enjoying, along with incredibly important seabird habitat like Deveaux Bank. These weather events should not be a surprise to us and in fact, should be reason enough for our state leaders to support and continue creating thoughtful policies that…

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Submit comments: The harm of the I-526 Extension

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The S.C. Department of Transportation has submitted an application to fill in over 38 acres of wetlands to construct the I-526/Mark Clark Extension. You can find the full application here.  This is a greater wetland impact than was predicted in previous environmental assessments for the project, and it comes before Charleston County residents have had the opportunity to vote on whether they will approve a new sales tax to…

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The Chelsea Annexation: There’s more to say before a decision is made

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Just four days after hearing your passionate testimony in front of a packed house, the Town of Ridgeland announced the cancellation of the public hearing scheduled for the evening of April 4. A regular Town Council meeting will now take place at Town Hall (check agendas here).   While this news signals a trend in the right direction and buys more time before a…

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Opposing mining around critical areas and community spaces

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

There are over 500 active mines in South Carolina, and sand is the most commonly extracted. Over 20% of the sand mines in the state are in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties and Horry has 56, more than any other county.  Sand is a necessary resource used for manufacturing and development, but we don’t know the long-term and cumulative effects on our environment. Mining also has significant impacts on the communities surrounding…

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North Coast Newsletter: Spring into rain gardens

Monday, March 25, 2024

Welcome to the March 2024 issue of the North Coast newsletter! We have been super busy in this new year and can’t believe it’s already spring. With spring comes the transition of seasons, new growth, and life. As a biologist, this has always been my favorite…

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What’s next for Union Pier: Remaining hopeful amidst new ownership

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Yesterday, on March 19, the Post & Courier reported that the Union Pier property is being sold to Charleston businessman Ben Navarro. We are hopeful that this sale will be a positive development for the future of Union Pier and the City of Charleston. The Conservation League remains committed to ensuring that the new development will serve our city’s needs for resilient infrastructure and green open space. We look forward to…

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Protecting our Grand Trees

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Grand trees are a defining cultural feature of much of our coast, having characterized our communities for centuries, while providing countless benefits.    Trees build resilience in the face of climate change, increased urban development, and flooding. Mature ones provide shade with their extensive canopies that cool us and our homes on hot summer days. Their root systems stretch underground and soak up excess water from heavy rains and flooding events. Their strong…

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West Cox Ferry Mine permit withdrawn!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

We have great news to share today: the mine operating permit application for West Cox Ferry Road Sand Mine has been withdrawn. This is a win for the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge!Moss Park Partners II, LLC notified the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control that it is withdrawing its permit application, and there has been no indication that a new permit application will be submitted. In light of this,…

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Asking for review of septic on the coast

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

In real-time, we are seeing a triple threat of existing septic tank pollution damaging coastal communities, the worsening of coastal flooding events due to sea level rise, and extreme weather events. In addition, large-scale developments that are dependent on conventional septic tank systems are being approved near sensitive areas.  In late 2022, the Conservation League and Charleston Waterkeeper, represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, filed an action in state court…

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