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:
A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS AND SKETCHES BY FRANK HARMON
| wondering, mourning, listening
Click on the picture or link below
a tribute by Frank Harmon
EIPA opposes Off-Shore Drilling
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)
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Recently we had an inquiry on our Facebook page as to why SC DNR utilizes plastic mesh bags
the oyster shell they use in rebuilding many of these reefs. To learn the science behind this
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
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.
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.
EIPA made a $500 contribution to insure
this successful outcome in addition to donations from several Board members.
EIPA is responsible for implementing the Corridor Management Plan of the
Edisto Island 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:
To learn about and/or sign up for Botany Bay Volunteer Project
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.
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.
The Edisto Island Preservation Alliance was
created by nine
organizations to work
together to preserve
undeveloped, rural agricultural character.
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:
EIPA is incorporated within the state of SC
as a not-for-profit
We have received our federal 501-c-3 status and
are tax exempt. Donations are deductible to the extent
We have our own
Board of Directors and bylaws.
We speak for
members and on behalf of the
of Edisto Island.
founded us do
and are not
for those actions.
Mailing address: EIPA
P.O. Box 157
Edisto Island, SC 29438
Visit our 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
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 http://coastalconservationleague.org/
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