Developers, politicians and DHEC seem to be in a race to see who can be the first to “kill the goose that lays the golden egg”.
From "TIDAL CREEK HABITATS, Sentinels of Coastal Health”:
“Coastal development has a negative impact on tidal creeks and ultimately impacts public health and the quality of coastal living. When the amount of impervious cover from development, including roads, parking lots and roofs, in coastal watersheds exceeds 10-30 percent, the physical, chemical and biological processes in tidal creeks are impaired and potential human uses of these important habitats decrease. Properties along the shores of developed tidal creeks become more vulnerable to flooding as impervious cover levels increase.”
In other words, keep developing the Okatie watershed and the Okatie estuary will die. For those who enjoy the view from Riverbend pier, who shrimp and crab from the pier, or who enjoy watching others doing so, take a GOOD look, because it won't last for long the way that things are going.
There’s a wealth of other good information in this little booklet. For those who value the natural resources that make this area beautiful, I recommend that you get a copy. It’s an EASY read.
You can download it at:http://www.scseagrant.org/pdf_files/tidal_creeks_booklet.pdf
You can order a hardcopy FREE at:http://www.scseagrant.org/content/?cid=318
The photos, illustrations, and the message are outstanding.
It’s going to take more than just a few to keep the developers, politicians and DHEC from killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Please join us. Getting a copy of this little book and reading it is a good way to start. Then join one of the several organizations that are fighting to preserve the natural resources that make this area beautiful.