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Post & Courier: SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak

Sunday, December 13, 2015

SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December 13, 2015 The state Department of Transportation has suspended a plan to cut down a live oak tree on River Road on Johns Island Monday, according to a news release from the department. Interim Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall agreed to postpone the removal of the tree after conferring with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, the release stated. Jim…

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Live 5: Johns Island residents protest scheduled removal of Grand Oak

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Johns Island residents protest scheduled removal of Grand Oak December 12, 2015 By Liza Lucas Live 5 Charleston JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) – A grand oak tree on River Road in Johns Island faces an uncertain future. “The Department of Transportation has deemed this tree to be unsafe for drivers going along River Road,” Natalie Olson, staff attorney and land use director for the Coastal Conservation League said. “As you can see, this tree along with other trees…

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Post & Courier: Johns Island live oak slated for ‘execution’

Friday, December 11, 2015

Johns Island live oak slated for ‘execution’ By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December, 11 2015 Johns Island — The state Department of Transportation plans to cut down a live oak Monday on River Road, but local residents, an environmental group and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley are fighting for the tree’s life. Jim Rozier, chairman of the DOT Commission, said the tree, which sits across the street from the entrance to Fenwick Hall near the intersection…

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Holding back the ocean, protecting the ocean, cities without cars, road improvements without tax increases, Native Americans honor a South Carolinian’s work.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Folks, Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach… Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports that an administrative law judge has lifted the “stay” on construction of the latest version of a sea wall on Captain Sams spit. As a recap, the Conservation League, represented by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, prevailed before the S.C. Supreme Court in our opposition to a gigantic, 3/4 mile…

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The beauty of plankton, transportation priorities explained, Cole Porter on climate change.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Folks, Sunday’s Post and Courier includes a delightful interview about a beautifully obscure but profoundly important subject: plankton. McClellanville author Billy Baldwin talks to molecular biologist and McClellanville native, Raphael Rosengarten (son of Ted and Dale Rosengarten), about Raphael’s new book, Plankton: Wonders of a Drifting World. Plankton is nothing less than the foundation of life on earth. It is also essentially invisible to humans and therefore completely unappreciated. Rosengarten’s book, which he coedited…

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Post & Courier Op Ed by Natalie Olson: Road repair, maintenance must take precedent on DOT funding

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Road repair, maintenance must take precedent on DOT funding By Natalie Olson November 7, 2015   For the past three decades, South Carolina’s transportation system has been plagued by massive diversions of funds from basic needs like maintenance, repair, and upgrades to politically motivated, non-essential new highways. However, an effective upgrade in our transportation network will not happen without statewide transportation reform. Without decisive action by our elected leaders, at the insistence of citizens, South Carolina will…

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Post & Courier: Officials say I-526 not happening without new funding source

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Officials: I-526 not happening without new funding source By Diane Knich The Post and Courier October 31, 2015 The completion of Interstate 526 is on its deathbed and only $300 million can resuscitate it. Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey said state Sen. Hugh Leatherman, the powerful Republican from Florence, told him earlier this week at a S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank board meeting that there only is $420 million available for the project, the estimated…

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The Root of the Problem

Monday, October 26, 2015

Folks, This article, by Cassie Cope with The State, provides the best explanation to date about why South Carolina’s roads have declined year after year, and what needs to be done to reverse that trajectory. Excerpt: The traffic on Pamplico Highway was so light on a Tuesday in August that two conservation activists could lie down in the middle of the two-lane highway during rush hour for about a minute before…

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The State: $144 million Florence road example of cronyism, critics say

Saturday, October 24, 2015

by Cassie Cope, The State, October 24, 2015 “It’s safe to take a nap in the middle of the road,” activist Dana Beach said of Pamplico Highway. The Florence County road does not have enough traffic to justify spending the estimated $144.4 million in state and local money that it will cost to widen it, he added. So why widen it? Politics, say critics of the state Infrastructure Bank, including Beach,…

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From drought to flood, planning for sea level rise, but not with I-526, GrowFood rising.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Folks, It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago most of the state was suffering from a drought, and that farmers were worried about produce withering in the fields. Now, after three days of historically unprecedented rain, (biblical, even), the fields are lakes and much of the fall crop will probably be lost. This article by Tim Smith with the Greenville News reports on the extent of the damage, which Hugh Weathers, S.C.’s Secretary…

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