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The First Day of Session

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tomorrow, the Second Session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly will convene at the State House in Columbia. The decisions your elected leaders will make over the next six months will affect how we protect our natural landscapes, our abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life here on the coast, and across South Carolina.   This is what Coastal Conservation League will be advocating for at the State House…

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Same as it ever was, a transportation vision takes flight, with a reality check.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

As we plunge into 2016 with resolutions about exercising more, eating less (and locally, GrowFood Carolina hopes), and spending wisely, it’s worth considering David Byrne’s percipient lyric, “Same as it ever was.” In that vein, the Legislature will convene next Tuesday. The biggest financial issue they will debate in 2016 is whether to raise the gas tax, just as they did last year, and the year before that. Cindi Scoppe, with The State,…

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Rudolph the blue-eyed reindeer, warm Christmas, hot turtles, eroding beaches, transportation confusion.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Folks,   During this tranquil period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s worth reflecting on those things we have learned this year, along with those we are still confused about.   On the side of understanding, the Huffington Post reports that we now know why reindeer have blue eyes, (because the compression of tissues in the back of the eye increases low-light sensitivity), but also why…

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Supporters want to reopen the James Island Connector!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 2015: Charleston City Council’s Traffic and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the “engineering feasibility study” to reopen the James Island Connector. Well done, supporters! Council Chambers was full tonight, and the only people who spoke were in support of getting bikes back on the Connector! Nineteen speakers stood up and made excellent points, and the council members clearly heard us. At the time of the meeting, we had 977 petition signatures (the

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The Beach Company’s “ugly bookends,” Conservation made permanent, I-526 on its last legs, businesses against offshore oil, Saving oaks

Monday, December 21, 2015

Folks, This week’s news is generally about wrapping things up, which seems appropriate with only a few days left in 2015. First, some great news, concluding a decade of hard work. Our friends at The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance and a few other national conservation groups have spent years struggling to make the tax deduction for donated conservation easements permanent. On December 18th Congress approved the change. The majority of the South Carolina coast’s 1.2…

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One grand tree, houses on sand redux, sun power, a climate agreement, offshore oil, 3 inspiring people.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Folks, This week definitely ended with a bang. On Friday we heard that SCDOT Commission Chair Jim Rozier had directed the Department to cut down a grand live oak tree along River Road on Johns Island… on Monday. CCL’s Natalie Olson called Jim to discuss alternatives, but to no avail. As this Post and Courier editorial entitled “Save River Road Grand Tree” reports, Rozier “variously” justified the project by safety, the poor health…

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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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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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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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