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founded 2007

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Check back here for a report on EIPA's 2015 ANNUAL MEETING
Coming this weekend


Botany Bay Notice -
Bird Nesting Sites

beach closure from Boneyard north to Botany Island,
posting nesting sites
-March 6 until further notice

And remember Botany Bay WMA is always closed on Tuesdays for essential maintenance.

If You Are Going to Botany Bay WMA
Please understand that it is a wildlife area, not a park. Plan accordingly.
Here are some tips that will make your visit something
you will truly enjoy.


Special places evoke special tributes: Below is a selection from:


wondering, mourning, listening

Click on the picture or link below
Boneyard Beach by Frank Harmon used with permission

a tribute by Frank Harmon




EIPA opposes Off-Shore Drilling

Read the thoughtful opinion of our State Senator here

Read our letter to the political leadership of our nation here

Why not wind instead? NPR had a revealing look at the advantages

A must read for everyone who loves the Carolina Low Country
Edisto and the ACE Basin
Our thanks to the Hilton Head Island Packet

EIPA Report for 21013-2014 on Challenges & Successes

EIPA's Board expresses concern and makes
suggestions to SC DNR about Botany Bay WMA
to read the Board resolution click here


EIPA strongly supports SC DNR's efforts to renew our shoreline by building additional oyster reefs. The following brief message is from SCORE 

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved record breaking amounts during the 2014 reef build campaign as far as the number of bags deployed and estuarine habitat restored! We are grateful to all that have bagged shell or helped to place it in the on the shoreline to create reefs. We cannot stress enough how important YOU are to our project. The work we do, on the scale that we do it, would not at all be possible without our loyal volunteers!

Don’t forget to check out or photos on Picasa. Photos from events this year are being populated currently. You may even find an oyster restoration action shot of yourself! Feel free to save them and share them with your friends! 

We are excited to see you on the shoreline!

-Stevie, Andrea, Jared, Michael, Sarah, and Tyler (The SCORE Team)

SCORE Program

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

(843) 953-9842

Recently we had an inquiry on our Facebook page as to why SC DNR utilizes plastic mesh bags
to hold the oyster shell they use in rebuilding many of these reefs. To learn the science behind this

Click Here


Oyster Fact:

Pollution from agriculture, homeowner fertilizers, sewage treatment plants, septic systems and car exhaust all contribute to poor water quality which can kill oysters. Sediment, a by product of land moving activities such as construction, runs off the land into the water. Sediments in the water can cover and suffocate oyster beds, preventing spat (larval oysters) from attaching to their hard substrate and maturing.)


Important information for all South Carolinians

Good morning,

 Though this is not a Common Agenda issue specifically, it's related to our energy goals.

 As you probably have read, today EPA will propose Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants. EPA will set the broad goals, and states will need to determine the tactics to meet those goals. The Washington Post has a good overview. DHEC has a stakeholder group that has been building a common understanding of the policy and technical issues to prepare for these standards.

 We have seen good progress so far in South Carolina. Carbon pollution is dropping from our power plants as older plants are retiring, and our state plan will show that. Fundamentally, a South Carolina plan will be better for everyone than an EPA plan, which is what states that don't do their own plan will get. 

We’ll hear that this will cost jobs and hurt the economy. We've been hearing that for 40 years, and those predictions have been wrong. Since 1970, every $1 in investment in compliance with Clean Air Act standards has produced $4-8 in economic benefits. 

We'll hear that President Obama is bypassing Congress. That is wrong. Congress passed the Clean Air Act, and the Supreme Court has upheld the regulation of carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. 

South Carolina conservation groups will play a role in reviewing EPA's proposal, submitting comments after EPA publishes the proposal in the Federal Register, and letting our elected officials know that climate change is important to South Carolina. Please let Ban Holman, Hamilton Davis, Kenneth Sercy, or me know if you’d like to discuss this issue. 

Best regards,


Alan M. Hancock, Program Director

Conservation Voters of South Carolina

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.

The iconic Angel Oak



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

Recent efforts in this regard include contributing to litter pick up along the Byway; opposing rezoning of the area between the entrance to the Hammocks and the Driving Range across from the State Park; and opposing modifications to Colleton County's sign ordinance which would have allowed signs up to 80 sq ft. (reduced to 50 sq ft - which we believe to still be excessive.)


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
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 treacherous.

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

Edisto Island Open Land Trust
Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
Town of Edisto Beach
Edisto Beach Property Owners' Association
The Friends of Edisto Beach
(no longer in existence)
Edisto Island Chamber of Commerce
The Fire Ants
The Fire Ants
visit our website

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
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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:

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

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