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Groins - Hitting Close to Home

Groins - Hitting Close to Home

Within our broader battle to enforce and defend the Beachfront Management Act, SCELP and its clients have challenged permits for "groins" (shore perpendicular structures designed to trap sand) all over South Carolina's beaches since the 1990s. Over time, our efforts led to tighter rules for these structures which are crucial to protecting adjacent beaches and the publicĀ“s interest in beach access. The regulations now require an applicant to demonstrate that a new groin will not cause any downdrift impacts. This requirement is critical because the overwhelming scientific opinion is that groins, by their very nature, cause detrimental impacts to downdrift beaches by trapping sand that would otherwise be naturally carried downdrift and replenish those beaches.

Beachfront management and erosion challenges have since become even more daunting due to sea level rise and the intensification of extreme weather episodes. These concerns affect all coastal communities in our state, but they are particularly relevant to SCELP's backyard and hometown ... Georgetown County, the theater of the two most recent victories on this front, this year and in 2011, as well as the subject of careful study and analysis by coastal experts and concerned citizens alike.

Alas, more groins are being planned for our community and in such locations as to potentially harm major natural treasures in the area. By interfering with the natural longshore transport of sands along the Atlantic coast, any new hard structure North of Winyah Bay would directly impact the islands and shores encompassed in the North Inlet Estuarine Research Reserve, accelerating erosion and the potentially disruptive impact of sea-level rise.

You can read more about our early case, which led to the 2002 modifications of the Beachfront Management Act, in the newsletter excerpts linked below.

Download available Hilton Head Groins Case

Download available Hilton Head Groins Case Update

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 | Page link

South Carolina Hazardous Waste War
Posted: Dec 6, 2017
Another Win around Captain Sams Spit, but the Developers Do not Relent
Posted: Oct 5, 2017
Opposing a 1,000-acre Gamble on the Sampit
Posted: Sep 25, 2017
Chronicle of the Recent 7-day Trial to Save the Spit
Posted: Sep 8, 2017
Pawleys Island Groin Permit, Denied!
Posted: Aug 4, 2017
SC Supreme Court Will Rehear Our Public Trust Case
Posted: Aug 4, 2017
Engaging the Reedy's Forgotten Contamination Corridor
Posted: Jul 3, 2017
The Summer Newsletter is Here!
Posted: Jul 3, 2017
Business Alliance Stands Against Seismic Blasts in the Atlantic
Posted: May 2, 2017
Trump Re-Opens the Atlantic to Offshore Drilling
Posted: Apr 26, 2017
Challenging the Dominion Pipeline
Posted: Apr 5, 2017
New Skirmishes on Captain Sams Spit
Posted: Apr 5, 2017
Court of Appeals Upholds Agreement to Protect Wetlands in Pawleys Island
Posted: Mar 23, 2017
What Is Happening with the Pinewood Site?
Posted: Mar 1, 2017
Automatic Stay Attacks Threaten Your Due Process Rights
Posted: Mar 1, 2017
The Winter Newsletter Is Here!
Posted: Jan 20, 2017
Seismic Victory! It's Time to Celebrate
Posted: Jan 20, 2017
Upstate Office Opens!
Posted: Oct 6, 2016
ALC Judge Puts Captain Sams Spit Back in Jeopardy
Posted: Mar 31, 2016
Tensions Remain High in our Bays & Bears Case
Posted: Feb 18, 2016
The Heat is On against False Crawls and Plastic Walls
Posted: Feb 10, 2016
Lowcountry Giving Day a Win for the Wild Side!
Posted: Apr 28, 2015
Serious Consideration of Impacts Needed in Applications for Seismic Testing in SC
Posted: Mar 4, 2015
SCELP Director to Take Home the Silver
Posted: Feb 19, 2015
Black Bear Habitat Threatened
Posted: Jan 27, 2015
Pappa's Island is Preserved!
Posted: Dec 17, 2014
Oakridge Landfill Threatens Four Holes Swamp
Posted: Dec 17, 2014
Landmark Ruling Protects Captains Sams Spit
Posted: Dec 17, 2014
Double Your Donation with Donnelley!
Posted: Sep 3, 2014
SCELP Staunches Flow of Radioactive Waste into Groundwater
Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Opponents win round over developing Kiawah Island's Capt. Sams Spit but impact debated
Posted: Jun 18, 2014
SCELP continues to work to defend the integrity of SC's Beachfront Management Act
Posted: May 23, 2014
SCELP Board Members Frances Close & Paula Feldman spoke, among others, at a press conference in opposition to the bill destroying SC's beachfront management protections
Posted: May 23, 2014
SCELP's Amy Armstrong sworn in as municipal judge
Posted: May 23, 2014
Second Annual Midlands Celebration
Posted: May 5, 2014
SCELP filed an appeal of judge's ruling over Charleston cruise terminal on behalf of community groups
Posted: Apr 23, 2014
Mingo Point, Kiawah Island kayak and boat excursion
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Victory in Laurens County
Posted: Apr 7, 2014
SCELP is working to defend the integrity of SC's Beachfront Management Act
Posted: Apr 2, 2014
SCELP Secures Settlement to Protect Angel Oak
Posted: Jan 31, 2014
SCELP Lawyers Complete Trial in Kiawah Land Dispute
Posted: Jan 31, 2014
Supreme Court Agrees to Hearing EAGLE Landfill Case
Posted: Jul 1, 2013
Pawleys Island Groin Fight Heats Up
Posted: Jul 1, 2013
Supreme Court Rehears Captain Sams Case a Third Time
Posted: Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Angela Halfacre to Speak About Her Book, "A Delicate Balance: Constructing a Conservation Culture of the S.C. Lowcountry"
Posted: Jul 5, 2012
The State Newspaper covers the last day of our Angel Oak trial
Posted: Apr 6, 2012
Famed Angel Oak threatened, judge told
Posted: Apr 4, 2012
Marlboro in fierce fight against landfill
Posted: Apr 1, 2012
Walter Edgar's Journal - SCETV - Interview with Amy Armstrong
Posted: Jan 25, 2012