Monday, November 16, 2015
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…
Monday, November 9, 2015
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…
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…
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…
Monday, October 26, 2015
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.
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…
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,…
Monday, October 12, 2015
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…
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Growfood Carolina was featured in the October issue of The Local Palate!
Monday, September 21, 2015
As Bo Petersen with the Post and Courier reports, the South Carolina Aquarium released four sea turtles last week after their successful recoveries in the Aquarium’s turtle hospital. One, by the name of Midway, had a prodigious amount of plastic in her stomach and would have died without intervention.
I’m not sure how Midway, the turtle, got her name, but it is worth noting that the stomachs of 98% of the Laysan and…
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Across the country, local and state governments have adopted regulations to protect their communities from negative externalities related to the cruise ship industry. While idling in our port, cruise ships release pollutants and gluts of tourists into downtown Charleston without paying the City any compensation. We asked the candidates: What are your thoughts on the cruise industry?
Ginny Deerin on the Cruise Industry