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EIPA has been asked to share information about an uncoming event
here on Edisto - the following is information provided to us by the organizers...

Important upcoming event

With the help of donors from across SC and the SE The Low Country Open Land Trust raised the final $400,000 to complete the purchase of property surrounding the iconic Angel Oak.

Lowcountry Open Land Trust with our help is successfut

EIPA made a $500 contribution to insure
this successful outcome in addition to donations from several Board members.


http://www.lolt.org/community-initiatives/angel-oak-preserve.html#sthash.PaTZ3kdP.dpuf

The iconic Angel Oak


 

4-9-2014

Latest on the Water Withdrawal Act
Critical to the Edisto River


The South Edisto River is threatened!

A factory farm to produce potatoes by Walther Farms for Frito-Lay Corp. is being built along the South Edisto River.
The South Edisto, as you know, helps create Edisto Island. The South Branch is designated a South Carolina
Scenic River.

The initial permit will allow them to withdraw 805 million gallons of water per month. They have submitted an application to withdraw an additional 400 million gallons
per month. Before clearing the property had over 3,700 acres of forested land.

UPDATE FROM DHEC

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Information Update
February 7, 2014
Consistent with an agreement, Walther Farms will reduce surface water withdrawals from the Edisto River.
On February 3, 2014, Walther Farms received a modified surface water withdrawal registration from the Department for their Aiken County farm. The registered maximum monthly withdrawal of 805 million gallons per month has been reduced to 400 million gallons per month. Walther Farms also cancelled their request for a surface water withdrawal registration from the Edisto River for their Barnwell County farm. On February 4, 2013, the Department received a Notice of Intent (NOI) under the Groundwater Use and Reporting Act for two wells to be installed for irrigation at the
Aiken County farm location and six wells to be installed for irrigation at the Barnwell County farm location. The NOI is required to be filed with the Department at least 30
days prior to well construction. Groundwater withdrawals from the wells are proposed from deeper aquifers about 400 to 500 feet below land surface. Please note this NOI to the Department is not subject to Department review, approval, or permit; therefore, this update is being provided for information only. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bristol at (803)-898-3559 or Paul.Bristol@dhec.sc.gov.

*EIPA believes the current law should be strenghtened to allow public input on permits for such withdrawals.

*EIPA is concerned that inadequate buffers were left between the newly cleared land and the river and that runoff may pollute the river.

*EIPA is concerned that the permit was based upon average flows for the river and that in times of drought there may be inadequate remaining flow to maintain for wildlife.

You can help stop this destruction -- Please write your legislators and the Governor today - here is a sample letter and an editorial about the issue

Conservationists have asked for this for a long time. Looks like its finally going to happen: A study of available water in SC

Local governments are also concerned. This was in the Press & Standard... Colleton County

 

Edisto's own Carol Bass has created a beautiful piece of art to benefit FRED (Friends of Edisto River) Her print (below) is on sale now.

Edisto Rising artwork to benefit Friends of the Edisto

All proceeds from the print sale will be donated to FRED for the work they are doing on protecting the health of our Edisto and the Ace Basin.

Carol's art exhibit in Bamberg, her home town, on March 20- April 10, at the Hooten Black House is dedicated to FRED and the Edisto. The reception is the 20th from 4-7pm

To purchase Edisto Rising E mail Carol Bass or visit her Facebook page and message her at:

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Thanks to the combined effort of the conservation community we are seeing some progress. The farmers have offered significant concessions and changes to the law are contemplated.

This article in the Augusta Chronicle is of interest.

A number of videos and articles have been posted on the internet about this project.

Augusta Chronicle provides another excellent report you can read here

An excellent article in the Walterboro Press & Standard can be read here with it's more recent update here

 

Our friend Carol Bass shared this one about the Walter project titled "large scale agricultural effects on water quality."

EDISTOCONCERNS posted this one on Dec. 22

Perhaps the best single source of information on the Walther Potato Farm is the web of the Friends of the Edisto River (FRED)
We encourage you to visit their website

or their Facebook page
FRED FACEBOOK PAGE

and take a look at their position
On Their FACEBOOK PAGE

Wetland impacts are always a concern when this much land is cleared in an area known to be part of the watershed.
The State Newspaper reports that the Army Corps is looking at the site.

DHEC held a public meeting to explain the process on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, AT 6:30 p.m. in Aiken. There was an overflow crowd expressing opposition to this permit and the process that allowed it.

A bus trip for those interested has been organizaed by the Conservation voters of SC. Updates at their facebook page

Clearing to the edge of the river with no buffer
watch it on You Tube

Read SC DNR's Loggerheadlines
to learn more about what's happening with our turtles!
click here

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The Annual Meeting of the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance was
held Jan. 18 at 2:30 at Indigo Farm on the Edisto Island National
Scenic Byway. In spite of chilly weather a good turn out and excellent meeting.

For photo's taken by Pam Brey at the Annual Meeting Click Here

The presentation by SC DNR's Dr Peter Kingsley-Smith on the "Expanding the ACE Basin's Living
Shoreline" the effort EIPA has been participating in to increase oyster reef construction in our waters to
buffer shorelines, cleanse the water, and provide wildlife benefits was outstanding. We hope to get
a copy so that you can read it here.

He expanded on his original presentation at the start of the project:

Click Here to View the Presentation

Conservation Voters of South Carolina
a non-partisen advocate for South Carolina's environment
of which EIPA is a member has issued
a report card on Governor Nikki Haley's performance and what we should
expect from our statewide elected leader.

View it here

The Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival

Took place on October 26, 2013
To see pictures of this wonderful event visit

www.edistoislandbluegrass.com

This inaugural festival was produced by PETERS POINT PRODUCTIONS and the non-profit, Edisto Island Preservation Alliance (EIPA).  Festival net proceeds will help support preservation projects of EIPA and stewardship of the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway. 

presented by The Huffines Company
The Huffines company

Featuring The Lonesome River Band, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Shovels and Rope
and including local favorites Blue Plantation, Flatt City, the Bluestone Ramblers,
and Southern Flavor Bluegrass

Thank you for your amazing support.

Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

"DOT and Charleston County have completed construction of the long-awaited bike and pedestrian paths on both sides of the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway (Highway 174), beginning where the existing bike paths end at Palmetto Road and extending all the way to Botany Bay Road.  Completion of this project is making bicycling and walking much safer and more convenient on much of Edisto Island.  Motorists are reminded to obey posted speed limits and to always keep a careful lookout for bicycles, pedestrians, and animals."

paving the new bike path on the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

EIPA is responsible for implementing the Corridor Management Plan of the
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

Sunset from the entrance to the Edisto National Scenic Byway
Sunset from the entrance of the
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

To visit the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway Web Click here

 

Plan to Visit Otter Island?

SC DNR has announced that NO dogs will be allowed on Otter Island
during bird and turtle nesting season. Please do not take your dog there
as they will be monitoring the island and issuing tickets to offenders.

LEARN MORE

Like to Kayak?

SC DNR has a web with the entire Southeast Coast paddling trail and a wealth
of information. Check it out!

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/saltpaddling.html

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An Update

Oysters - Critical to Our Water Quality and Way of Life

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In early December SC DNR convened the Advisory group for the ACE Basin
Living Shorelines Advisory Committee

Purpose of the meeting was to evaluate and select the locations for next spring's oyster reef construction. EIPA was represented and our island came away with significant committments for new and continued construction.

Among the locations where reefs will be extended or created are:
Big Bay Creek, Steamboat Creek near the boat landing, three on the South Edisto River,
St. Pierre Creek, two on Dawhoo and Fishing Creek.

This is a considerable increase over the amount done in year one.

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eipa participates in SC DNR oyster renourishment project

The first year of building the reefs is completed. Roughly .8 of a mile of reefs were built. If you want to help SC DNR is collecting old crab traps. They disable these traps, crush them slightly, then use them as the basis for new oyster beds. You may leave them with Bess Kellett Watson at Botany Bay WMA. Been wondering what to do with an old one you picked out of the marsh when fishing? This is the BEST possible use so bring them in!

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Steamboat Landing is Now Reopened

With a beautiful aluminum dock for fishing and crabbing.
The improvements were partially funded by SC DNR using funds
generated from salt water fishing license fees.

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SCE&G to close 6 coal fired generating plants including 3 near Walterboro
To learn more click here

Meanwhile Santee Cooper and the electric cooperatives have built a large solar project
near Walterboro. Yes, we are making progress just not fast enough. Living on an island you tend to worry about such things.

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EIPA Supports the Botany Bay WMA
Check Botany Bay Hunt Schedule/closures by clicking the link below:

Botany Bay WMA is closed during hunts through
the fall and winter. Click here for the schedule
they have provided us.


To learn about and/or sign up for Botany Bay Volunteer Project
Click Here
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For much more about Botany Bay Click Here

Notice: If you would like to make a donation to help protect and preserve
Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area SC DNR has created a special fund
specific to that purpose. For more information click here.

Notice: SC DNR has announced that Botany Bay Wildlife Management
Area is closed on Tuesdays for Essential Maintenance.

Botany Bay closed on Tuesdays Sign Provide by EIPANew regulations shelling prohibited on Botany Bay WMA

Since Jan. 1, 2010 there has been no shelling
allowed at Botany Bay - the result has been that you will visit one of
only a few beaches on the east coast that is, and looks, truly natural.
Please take out only what you bring, leave only footprints behind.
Be aware that Botany's beach is eroding rapidly and
that swimming can be trecherous.


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Founding Organizations

The Edisto Island Preservation Alliance was created by nine island
organizations to work together to preserve Edisto's unique
non-commercial, undeveloped, rural agricultural character. We
discuss issues important to the community, work toward consensus,
and when necessary take positions and or action as an organization.
Our positions and actions do not necessarily reflect the positions
of any single organization other than EIPA.

You can reach the founding organizations or learn more about them at:

Edisto Island Community Association
Edisto Island Community Association
Edisto Island Open Land Trust
www.edisto.org
Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
www.edistomuseum.org
Town of Edisto Beach
www.TownofEdistoBeach.com
Edisto Beach Property Owners' Association
EBPOA
www.ebpoa.org
The Friends of Edisto Beach
(no longer in existence)
Edisto Island Chamber of Commerce
www.edistochamber.com
The Fire Ants
The Fire Ants
EdistoPride
visit our website www.edistopride.org

EIPA is incorporated within the state of SC as a not-for-profit
organization. We have received our federal 501-c-3 status and
are tax exempt. Donations are deductible to the extent
allowed by law.
We have our own Board of Directors and bylaws. We speak for
EIPA's members and on behalf of the people of Edisto Island.

The individual organizations that founded us do not control our actions
and are not responsible for those actions.

Mailing address: EIPA
P.O. Box 157
Edisto Island, SC 29438

Visit our business members
click here for EIPA's business members
updated for 2012-13

From our beginning the South Carolina Department of Natural
Resources has extended a helping hand to EIPA through their NERR program (National Estuarine Research Reserve).
They provided advice and staff assistance in getting EIPA organized, up and running. We gratefully acknowledge that help.

Learn more about DNR and NERR at:
www.dnr.sc.gov
or
www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/NERR/index.html

The South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources does not influence
our decisions or actions and is not responsible for our positions.

We would also like to thank the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League which has provided critical support and encouragement. Visit them at http://coastalconservationleague.org/


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Join us for the first annual Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival benefiting EIPA October 26, 2013