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Conservation League partners in Penn School relaunch

Friday, March 1, 2024

Today, the Coastal Conservation League stood beside partners at the Penn Center to officially relaunch the Penn School for Preservation.   In February, the Penn Center received a $650,000 grant from the Coastal Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to relaunch the Penn School for Preservation, using courses to address land loss and development pressures in Beaufort County by providing training in civic engagement, citizenship, and community-based planning.    The…

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A statement in response to potential development on Bay Point Island

Thursday, February 29, 2024

On February 28, IHG Hotels & Resorts announced intentions to build an “eco-conscious resort, spa, and residential community” that would span Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, and Bay Point Island. Any reference to development on Bay Point Island, a vulnerable barrier island at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound, is extremely concerning. The island has no infrastructure—no roads, water, sewer, or power—and is only accessible by boat or air. It is a dynamically shifting…

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Commission approves Santee Cooper’s long-term plan to build large gas plant with Dominion Energy on the Edisto River

Friday, February 16, 2024

Utilities have not disclosed cost or location of gas pipeline projects needed Yesterday, the South Carolina Public Service Commission unanimously approved Santee Cooper’s long term power plan (Integrated Resource Plan, or “IRP”), greenlighting a new gas-fired power plant that would be jointly financed and owned by Dominion Energy South Carolina. The approval ignores concerns from intervenors and an independent consultant to the case about the gas plant that would be located…

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Members of environmental groups allowed to intervene in Lofton Road Mine lawsuit

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, the Coastal Conservation League and Friends of Coastal South Carolina were recently granted approval to take part in legal action to oppose a proposed mine that would threaten important habitat and adversely impact the local community in rural Charleston County. As a small fishing town in rural Charleston County, McClellanville and the surrounding area are known for their outstanding water quality and famous Bull’s Bay oysters, clams…

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Conservation agreement reduces the development’s impacts to wetlands, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, December 14, 2023

In a unique effort in collaboration between a developer and conservation advocates, an agreement has been reached regarding a development along the banks of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. RiverPort, a nearly 4,300 acre industrial, residential and commercial development within the City of Hardeeville and Jasper County, shares a 6-mile border with the Refuge and is near the Savannah River. The Savannah River, a moving waterway whose footprint swells and shrinks, depends on this wetland…

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Environmental groups oppose Seabrook Island project and DHEC decision

Monday, November 20, 2023

On November 13, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League, filed a Request for Contested Case in the Administrative Law Court, asking for a decision allowing a sand scraping project to take place on Seabrook Island to be overturned. The request for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC…

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Conservation groups seek to join, dismiss state challenge in Cape Romain

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Groups oppose SC Attorney General’s attempt to open wildlife refuge to horseshoe crab harvesting CHARLESTON, S.C. — Yesterday the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a motion to intervene and a motion to dismiss on behalf of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and Defenders of Wildlife in the State of South Carolina’s challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s authority to manage horseshoe crab harvesting and protect threatened wildlife in the Cape Romain…

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Coastal Conservation League Announces New Director of GrowFood Carolina

Friday, October 13, 2023

The Coastal Conservation League announced today the appointment of a new Director of GrowFood Carolina, their highly successful and innovative nonprofit food hub providing logistical, sales, marketing, and distribution support to South Carolina’s smallest producers, with the goal of supporting the conservation of the state’s farmland.   Benton Montgomery, who has been with GrowFood since 2011, will step into the role of…

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Court of Appeals allows case on beachfront land ownership to move forward

Monday, August 7, 2023

FOLLY BEACH, SC – The Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging ownership of land newly created through artificial beach renourishment found a path forward last week as the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in their favor. On Tuesday, August 2, the Court reversed and remanded a lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit that held that the City of Folly Beach, Coastal Conservation League, Save Folly Beach and a group of local homeowners lacked standing…

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Partner Groups File Coordinated Motions to Intervene in Pine Island Case

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Today, four groups filed independent motions to intervene to defend Beaufort County’s denial of plans for three (3) 6-hole golf courses on St. Helena Island in the appeal initiated by Pine Island Property Holdings, LLC.  The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (filed by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project), The Penn Center (represented by Jack Smith of Nelson Mullins), Coastal Conservation League (represented by Ross Appel of McCullough Khan Appel)

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