The mission statement of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), can be found on their website http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/ocrm/
The DHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management protects and enhances the State's coastal resources by preserving sensitive and fragile areas while promoting responsible development in the eight coastal counties of South Carolina.
OCRM Program Goals and Objectives:
* Implement the Coastal Zone Management Plan to manage wetland alterations, stormwater and land disturbance activities, certify all federal and state permits and direct federal actions and all alterations of tidally influenced critical area lands, waters and beaches.
* Preserve sensitive natural, historic and cultural resources through regulatory oversight and guidance.
* Provide technical expertise to resolve complex coastal management issues.
* Encourage low impact and alternative development to preserve water quality and environmental integrity.
OCRM offices are located in Charleston, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach.
For more than three years residents of Sun City Hilton Head, SC have been trying to get shoddily-constructed stormwater management ponds fixed. One would think that the agency responsible for protecting the environment would be helpful in this effort. Not so.
How long will it take to get SCHH’s stormwater management ponds fixed completely and correctly? With DHEC on the case, maybe never.