South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

DeBordieu Dredging & Beach Nourishment Project

The DeBordieu Colony Community Association applied to OCRM for a permit to dredge sand from a sandbar in public waters in pristine North Inlet for beach renourishment. SCELP assisted the SC Coastal Conservation League, the Sierra Club, and the League of Women Voters of Georgetown County in opposing this project. A public hearing was held on December 17, 2003 where citizens voiced their concerns about the negative impacts associated with dredging in North Inlet.

The case was successfully completed when DeBordieu dropped it's request to mine sand at North Inlet and will instead obtain sand from a deposit 3 miles offshore.