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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West Cox Ferry Mine permit withdrawn!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We have great news to share today: the mine operating permit application for West Cox Ferry Road Sand Mine has been withdrawn.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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Help us protect Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge at next week’s public hearing

Friday, March 8, 2024

UPDATE 3/12/24 We have great news to share: the mine operating permit application for West Cox Ferry Road Sand Mine has been withdrawn.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…

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Public meeting: Rifle Range Road Trail of Mount Pleasant Way

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Attend the Public Input Meeting on March 7 to learn about Mount Pleasant Way from the Town of Mount Pleasant staff and others. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input about this proposed project and other infrastructure issues. Residents may have questions about road and pathway safety, potential community amenities, impacts on their homes and settlement communities, and the methods of property acquisition proposed by the Town.  Town officials…

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Charleston County compromises on tree amendments

Friday, March 1, 2024

Your voice made a difference! On Tuesday night, Charleston County Council cast their third and final vote on the tree amendments bringing to end a long fight to uphold tree protections. Ultimately, their approach settled on the inclusion of meaningful tree mitigation and public input. After months of speaking up at meetings, writing to council members, signing and sharing a petition that yielded close to 10,000 signatures, Charleston County Council members heard you and voted…

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South Coast Newsletter: St. Helena advocates visit Columbia

Friday, March 1, 2024

South Coast Newsletter, February 2024  Despite the cooler temperatures, the month of February got off to a hot start as our South Coast team partnered with community members from St. Helena Island and Jasper County to rally against incompatible development threats.   Our corner of the Lowcountry and the people that call its beautiful landscapes home are worth fighting for. From the stately longleaf pines of Jasper County to the expansive St….

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526: A bad deal for Charleston

Friday, March 1, 2024

Charleston County is seeking to tax residents to pay for the outdated, overpriced Mark Clark/I-526 Extension by asking voters to extend a transportation sales tax for 25 years. Nearly half of all the money that would be collected until roughly 2050 would go to pay for one 9-mile-long road that would damage the environment, displace homes and businesses, and only be used by a fraction of Charleston County residents. That’s a bad deal…

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The beauty of Lewis Ocean Bay

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

We are one step closer to saving Lewis Ocean Bay. On February 20, Horry County Council voted to defer the Conway Medical Center (CMC) rezoning for six months to give CMC time to discuss selling the property to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). While the fight isn’t over, this does put us one step closer to a conservation outcome. We are encouraged by this step, but look forward to a future…

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South Carolinians do not support Bill H.5118

Monday, February 26, 2024

Stop House bill 5118! We must rally together to tell our legislators we must choose better action for our state’s future. On Tuesday, February 27, the Public Utilities Subcommittee of the House of Representatives will be discussing Bill H.5118. This is a dangerous bill that would green-light building huge new fossil fuel projects and then turn a blind eye to the implications it would have on ratepayers and natural resources. Put…

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