“It’s a broken system.” Septic tanks are polluting our waterways.

Save the Creek, 24″x72″ oil on canvas, Mary Edna Fraser 2020

Charleston Waterkeeper has been taking water quality measurements from our dock on James Island Creek for quite a while, and the bacterial contamination in the water almost always makes it unsafe for recreational swimming.

The attached article from the Post & Courier highlights the ongoing issues of overdevelopment and lax sewage regulations.


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Captain Sams Spit continues to be at risk.

Here is an interview with Mary Edna and Amy Armstrong on Captain Sams Spit.

Five times over 15 years, the state’s Supreme Court heard cases involving Captain Sams Spit, eventually ruling in favor of the conservation groups. 

The latest disagreement is over a 2013 development agreement between the town of Kiawah Island and the developer that expired last month. The town says the agreement requires the developer to transfer land to the Kiawah Island Community Association. The developer says this transfer was contingent on development that didn’t occur. 

The developer contends it still owns the property. 

Amy Armstrong, executive director and general counsel at the S.C. Environmental Law Project, said as long as this is the case, there’s a threat of development. 

https://www.scelp.org/cases/captain-sams-spit: Captain Sams Spit continues to be at risk.

For more information on Captain Sams Spit, click the SCELP website link.

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Returning waterways to their natural form.

From the Firetower II, 8″x24″ oil on panel, Mary Edna Fraser 2015

In this riveting article and video from The Guardian, the author, Helena Horton, explores the effects of manipulating rivers from their natural flow patterns. This manipulation by humans has caused many unnecessary disasters that can be averted by returning the waterways to their natural flow patterns.


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