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Conservation League â–

Volume 19 No.4

illustration by V. Cullum Rogers

Winter 2008

Happy Birthday!



A New Kind of Reservoir

Oil & Offshore Drilling



Trashing Williamsburg County

Citizen Legislator


From the Director Conservation and Business Leadership A Defining Moment for South Carolina's Water and Energy Resources

Winter 2008


No. 4

STAFF ____________________ outh Carolina’s economy rests on the twin foundations of water and energy. The debate over these resources in the upcoming legislative session will provide a window into the minds of the state’s business community. The issues are straightforward. South Carolina is one of the few states in the nation that does not regulate water withdrawals from our rivers, lakes and streams. This approach was perfectly adequate until our rivers ran dry and our lakes evaporated during the recent and ongoing 10-year drought. Virtually everyone agrees that successfully preserving our water resources requires that we put South Carolina’s house in order and pass legislation to rationally allocate water use and withdrawal. Everyone, that is, except the “business community.” I use quotes here because based on last year’s legislative debate, it seems the business community consists of a handful of lobbyists representing the Manufacturers Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce and the electric utilities. What they believe is that no meaningful restrictions should be placed on water use. Last year, a few big businesses and utilities worked assiduously to defeat water flow recommendations developed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR hydrologists had proposed standards that would maintain river levels adequate for fish and other aquatic life to survive during periods of low flow. Instead, these businesses and utilities promoted standards that would allow 80% of the river flow to be consumed


by industrial users. They killed the prospect of water withdrawal legislation for 2008. Last year’s performance on water has implications for this year’s debate over water and energy. One of the most active opponents of reasonable water withdrawal standards was North Carolina-based Duke Energy. Duke will also be a major force in the discussion of moving South Carolina out of the unenviable position of being the fourth least energy-efficient state in the nation. All of this brings me to the subject of leadership. Duke’s CEO is Jim Rogers, a smart lawyer with an international profile on environmental issues. He serves as co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. He also serves on the board of directors and the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Jim and Duke Energy are not alone among South Carolina businesses in professing a commitment to sustainability. GE, BMW, DuPont, BP, Google and others have taken steps within their own companies to use resources more responsibly, and they have gained a considerable amount of goodwill from their pledges to protect the environment. This year will be a defining moment for these business leaders. Will they allow their corporate positions on water and energy to be shaped and represented by State House lobbyists who have consistently resisted even the most modest efforts to moderate the use of water? Or will they assume the responsibility of leadership on issues that are critical to the future of South Carolina’s environment, its economy and its quality of life. We’ll know in less than a month.



Dana Beach

REGIONAL OFFICES _____ ________________ South Coast

North Coast Columbia

Patrick Moore Reed Armstrong Andrea Malloy Nancy Cave Grace Gasper Patty Pierce Heather Spires

_______PROGRAMS _____________

Director of Conservation Programs Program Directors Project Managers

Director of Communications Communications Manager Newsletter Editor

Megan Desrosiers Nancy Vinson Ben Moore Josh Martin Hamilton Davis Lisa Jones-Turansky Jim Cumberland Art von Lehe Alex Dadok Brian Barrie Gretta Kruesi Virginia Beach

DEVELOPMENT _____________ _______ Director Membership

Nancy Cregg Alison Geer

ADMINISTRATION______ ______________

Director of Administration HR and Admin. Director of Finance Data Manager Technology Administrator Administrative Assistant Development/Finance Assistant

Cathy Forrester Tonnia Switzer Ashley Waters Nora Kravec Robert Malone Angela Chvarak Amanda Watson

Board of Directors Laura Gates, Chair Bill Agnew Mary Kennemur Will Cleveland Fred Lincoln Berryman W. Edwards Cartter Lupton Dorothea Benton Frank Roy Richards Vince Graham Gillian Roy Richard T. Hale Jeffrey Schutz Hank Holliday Libby Smith Holly Hook Victoria C. Verity George Johnston Trenholm Walker

Advisors and Committee Members Paul Kimball Hugh Lane Jay Mills

P.O. Box 1765 ■ Charleston, SC 29402 Phone: (843) 723-8035 ■ FAX: (843) 723-8308 E-Mail: Web site: P.O. Box 1861 ■ Beaufort, SC 29901 Phone: (843) 522-1800 935 Main Street, No. 1 ■ Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803) 771-7102 P.O. Box 603 ■ Georgetown, SC 29442 Phone: (843) 545-0403 All contents herein are copyright of the Coastal Conservation League. Reprinting is strictly prohibited without written consent. Design by Julie Frye Design.

Cover illustration by V. Cullum Rogers


Up Front

wentyYears Old

The board and staff of the Conservation League gathered on the piazza of Charleston’s William Aiken House in 1991.

Just two weeks before Hurricane Hugo struck in the fall of 1989, Jane Lareau, Marie Thrower and Dana Beach took possession of 400 square feet of office space in the William Aiken House on upper King Street in Charleston. With three desks discarded from a branch bank (which are still in use), a couple of phone books, and Dana’s home computer, they launched the Coastal Conservation League.

in 2009!

Both Jane and Dana had worked as volunteers on environmental issues in their native Palmetto State. They both understood the need for a full-time professional environmental advocacy organization in the face of enormous development pressures bearing down on South Carolina. But on September 22nd, the morning after the hurricane nearly twenty years ago, they wondered whether anybody would care what happened to the coastal environment. Would the devastating property damage and loss of thousands of acres of forests from Mt. Pleasant to McClellanville instill a sense of permanent apathy among coastal residents? To the contrary, Hurricane Hugo made people realize how much they valued their shared natural resources. Public commitment to protect and restore the environment emerged even stronger. Within a few months, the Coastal Conservation League had 300 loyal, dues-paying members. In 1989, people were concerned about rapid, poorly planned growth on the coast and the damage being done to the environment. But there was


little understanding of what could be done to reverse this trend. Most people believed that environmental decline was a byproduct of progress. Today, a very different perspective prevails. Coastal residents no longer accept loss as inevitable, and they realize that their involvement in planning and environmental policy will determine what the coast looks and feels like decades from now. Today, the Conservation League’s 4,000-plus members, dynamic and dedicated board of directors, numerous partners in the conservation and business communities, and expert 30-member staff have propelled community activism and environmental protection to a whole new level in South Carolina. Our 2009 Legislative Agenda, set forth in the following pages, bears witness to today’s climate of proactive collaboration. Meanwhile, stay tuned for special 20th anniversary events as well as the publication of a series of commemorative newsletter issues. The League's success is your success; and we look forward to celebrating together in the coming months.


Water Efficiency's Jensen

Immediate Results On August 1, 2007, residents of Orme, Tennessee turned on their taps and nothing came out. For 21 hours they had no water service. Due to historic drought conditions, water service was reduced to just 3 hours a day. The town resorted to trucking in 30,000 gallons of water per day at nearly twice the cost of their public water supply. To address the situation and restore water service, members of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute donated and installed water-efficient toilets, fill valves, showerheads, aerators and sinks in all Orme homes, reducing water consumption by 45% – an average savings estimated at $528.20 per year per household on their public water supply rates. Thanks entirely to the retrofits and other small repairs, Orme was able to quadruple the number of hours of water supply in just 3 days. - from Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast


Population of Columbia – 390,000 residents Current Water Consumption – 98.5 million gallons per day (MGD)


Columbia could save between $45 million and $100 million by pursuing water efficiency to secure water supply, as compared to building new dams. Water efficiency measures could yield between 18 and 27 MGD, a 18-27% savings. This water savings could provide water for 75,000 to 120,000 new residents.

- from Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast

Reservoirs Can Lose More Water Than They Capture The capacity of a reservoir is diminished by evaporation, which constantly removes water from the reservoir. This means that at times, reservoirs can lose more water than they capture, making them a liability in terms of securing water supply. Lake Lanier, the primary water source for Metro Atlanta, lost an estimated .2 inch of water, or 194 million gallons, to evaporation on a single day, June 11, 2008 — nearly 30% of Metro Atlanta’s daily use. - from Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast

A New Kind of

RESERVOIR ater efficiency should be the backbone of local, state and national water supply strategy. The “reservoir” is already in our bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms just waiting to be tapped. It makes economic, ecological, and common sense. With the policies outlined below, communities could secure between 20% and 35% new water supply to support sustainable growth at a fraction of the cost of other supply options, such as dams and conventional reservoirs. A new report from American Rivers, entitled Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast, calls on local governments and utilities to adopt water efficiency policies. The report outlines nine proven, timely and cost-effective steps that local leaders can take to save water and help ensure their rivers remain community assets.


Stop leaks: Leaks should be fixed to stop more than six billion gallons of water being lost each day in the U.S. Price water right: Water should be priced to cover costs, encourage efficiency and ensure access to clean drinking water. We can do this, and still provide water for low-income residents at a reduced rate. Meter all water users: Water meters must be installed on all new homes, multi-family apartment buildings, and businesses so water users can measure and monitor their consumption. Retrofit all buildings: If all U.S. households installed water-efficient fixtures, the savings could supply all southeastern states with their entire public water supply. Landscape to minimize water waste: On average, U.S. homes consume 30% of their water outdoors watering lawns, thirsty plants and trees. Increase public understanding: Communities should educate the public about smart, simple water efficiency solutions and their own water use patterns. Build smart for the future: Designs should capture and reuse storm water and gray water. Return water to the river: A portion of water efficiency “savings” should be returned to the river to serve as a “savings account” for a not so rainy day. Involve water users in decisions: Involving water users encourages higher rates of efficiency.


State Must Act to Safeguard Water Supply Between 1960 and 2000, demand for water in S.C. rose nearly 1,000% – 3 times more than surrounding states and far more than the 60% increase in population. - The National Wildlife Federation

Border Battles decade-long drought, rising demand for water from an expanding population, wasteful water habits, and the lack of any limits on how much industries, utilities and municipalities withdraw from our public waterways, have backed South Carolina into a precarious position. As water shortages start to crop up, the state has no ongoing efficiency and conservation measures in place to help replenish supply. And while North Carolina and Georgia seek to divert and withdraw even greater amounts of water from our shared river boundaries, South Carolina has little leverage to negotiate. Unlike our neighbors, we do not regulate our own instate water withdrawal. Lately, South Carolina is feeling the pressure on not one, but two of its borders. To the north, suburbs of Charlotte want to pump up to 10 million gallons of water per day from the Catawba River, which becomes the Wateree River in South Carolina. The Tarheel State is already diverting water from the Catawba/Wateree River Basin, a system which provides nearly half the water that flows into Lakes Marion and Moultrie – source of drinking water for most of the Lowcountry and a supply that is already stressed due to drought. Attorney General Henry McMaster has filed suit against North Carolina in the


It's All Connected – Thermoelectric power generation accounts for 80% of the fresh water usage in S.C. Reducing electricity consumption can save water as well as make us more energy efficient. U.S. Supreme Court to prevent further depletion. On its southern border, South Carolina has been negotiating with Georgia for the past three years over water rights to the Savannah River. Governors of the two states formed the Savannah River Bi-State Task Force to work together to make their water regulations consistent. Their job is to determine how much water each state can take from the river and how much treated waste each can put back in.

Managing a Precious Resource It’s tricky, because the Savannah River and the Upper Floridan Aquifer are intricately intertwined. Presently, the aquifer is at risk due to overuse, with freshwater levels dropping, which allows saltwater to intrude. Municipalities from Savannah to Hilton Head prefer to pull drinking water from the aquifer C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

because it’s cleaner and cheaper to treat than surface water from the river. But municipal utilities may be forced to switch to the river, which is not only more expensive, but also requires careful monitoring and regulation, since freshwater levels of the Savannah directly impact the health of the Floridan Aquifer below. In response, the Coastal Conservation League and the 26 member organizations of the Common Conservation Agenda have given high priority to work with the 2009 General Assembly to pass legislation establishing a surface water withdrawal permitting program for South Carolina. In addition, it will be incumbent upon the state and local communities and their utilities to implement water efficiency and conservation measures in order to shore up South Carolina’s limited supply of clean fresh water.

S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources



Energize South Carolina Independence Through Innovation Over the course of the summer and fall, staff members from the Coastal Conservation League’s Energy and Climate Program and our legislative liaisons in Columbia worked with the state’s conservation community in a planning process to develop priority legislative initiatives to address South Carolina’s energy and climate needs. Many of these priorities were derived directly from the recommendations of the Governor’s Climate Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee (CECAC). They focus on aggressive energy efficiency proposals that achieve the greatest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the lowest cost (or greatest benefit) to the state’s economy. Other priorities address immediate needs of the nascent renewable energy market in South Carolina.

Efficiency Firsté Luis Gutierrez

South Carolina has an enormous potential for energy savings through the implementation of efficiency measures that will benefit both producers and consumers. Our state enjoys some of the lowest electricity rates in the country, yet citizens pay some of the highest bills. Through a

Wind Power – South Carolina has tremendous untapped potential in its offshore wind resources.


Build for Tomorrow Today South Carolina’s residential building code laws have not been updated since the early 1990s. Moreover, they prohibit our state from utilizing the most current energy efficiency codes

U The United States has 3% of the world’s oil reserves yet consumes 25% of global production.

U It is estimated that South Carolina has 14 million barrels of

About Oil & Offshore Drilling Evans

1% annual reduction in total electricity and natural gas use by 2015 (1.5% by 2020 for electricity), homes, businesses, and state government can reduce their monthly and annual expenses on energy without sacrificing comfort, reliability, or productivity.

Our taxes, our quality of life, and our future energy security are at stake

oil offshore. The U.S. uses 19 million barrels in a single day (about 16 hours worth).

U According to the Department of Energy: - Drilling will not reduce prices at the pump. - Drilling will not reduce our foreign dependency.

U The onshore impacts and infrastructure necessary to support this industry are substantial: - Most of the oil spilled during hurricanes and from careless operations do not happen way out at sea around oil rigs. They happen inshore and onshore, within coastal communities. - These communities become saddled with refineries, added truck traffic, and pollution.



Clarify South Carolina’s Energy Policy South Carolina’s energy policy should be updated to reflect a 21st century energy future, one that strengthens the state’s commitment to home-grown renewable energy resources (including South Carolina’s tremendous offshore wind capacity), encourages acquisition of the state’s substantial energy efficiency resources, and ensures that South Carolina’s energy choices result in the greatest environmental, social and economic benefit to the state and its citizens.

Allow Utilities to Explore Alternative Energy Recognizing the need for greater homegrown renewable energy resources to reduce our state’s foreign dependencies and to control rising energy prices, utilities should be given the authority to

- As a result of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, over 8 million gallons of oil spilled from refineries and storage facilities into the local waterways along the Gulf Coast. - As a comparison, Exxon Valdez resulted in a spill of 11 million gallons. - This summer, 100 miles of the Mississippi River shut down for weeks as a result of a 400,000gallon spill.

U The amount of idle land that the oil companies now lease that is not producing totals some 68 million acres, plus many more millions of

immediately pursue renewable energy projects. Richter

adopted by the National Building Codes Council. Instead, South Carolina is limited to standards developed more than 30 years ago. South Carolina law should be amended to reflect advances in building technology and establish modern minimum efficiency building code standards for all residential construction.

Re-establish the Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development Fund The S.C. Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development Fund that provided planning, demonstration, and research and development grants for offshore wind, biomass, solar, geothermal, and small hydropower projects should be reinstated. First established in 2007 for the purpose of developing innovative renewable energy projects and businesses that would benefit South Carolina, this fund has already been a great success in bringing about our state’s home-grown energy future. However, the enacting legislation was struck down on a technicality by the S.C. Supreme Court on June 23rd, 2008. Allocated funds and projects are on hold until the fund is re-established.

Lead by Example Through the passage last year of H.4766, state government offices and universities will now “lead by example” by meeting energy efficiency goals to reduce our state’s annual consumption of energy. Progress is already being made towards

acres currently available for leasing offshore: - The reason for all of these reserves sitting there idle comes back to how the economics of this industry have changed dramatically. - We have gone after the cheap, easyto-get stuff. What’s left requires much more energy and capital investment to recover. - High gas prices are actually a necessity to even make it economically feasible to pump a lot of what’s left out of the ground.


Up on the Roof – South Carolina must set state standards to facilitate installation of solar panels for homes and businesses. meeting these goals. Renewable energy targets, aimed at encouraging state government and universities to acquire renewable energy for 1% of their power needs by 2012 and 10% by 2025, should also be implemented this year.

Ensure Solar Access For Everyone A state standard that guarantees South Carolina’s homeowners and businesses the freedom to implement solar energy should be adopted. The effort will ensure citizens and businesses the ability to install solar power on their property, with exception for installations that are visible from the ground or on historically significant structures.

U The oil and gas industry is heavily subsidized ($15 - $35 billion per year) by taxpayers and we have to begin addressing this if we are to develop alternatives that actually compete in the marketplace: - Therefore, the playing field is not level for alternative fuels to be able to compete. - Some estimates place the actual cost of gas at over $10 per gallon when external costs are factored in.

Legislation 2009

SETTING PRIORITIES ... wenty-six organizations from across the state, representing more than 46,600 members, are teaming up to identify and promote legislative priorities for the 2009 General Assembly, which begins on Tuesday, January 13th. While these groups may vary in their unique missions, they share a common goal of promoting a clean, safe and healthy South Carolina. Conservation leaders met over the summer and through the fall to study proposals and identify legislative priorities. Special issue teams also met with key legislators in the House and the Senate as well as constituencies outside of the conservation community to develop a 2009 Common Conservation Agenda. The aim of the Common Agenda is to promote the following conservation goals in the upcoming legislative session and to ensure that these goals are translated into meaningful legislation:


■ Water Use (Water Withdrawal Permitting Legislation) ■ Energy Efficiency (Energy Savings Targets; Modernized Building Codes) ■ Renewable Energy (Portfolio Standards; Infrastructure Fund; Solar Access) ■ Conservation Bank (Increased Land Protection Funding) ■ Water Quality & Conservation (Tiered Water Rates; Stream Buffers; Clean Up Polluted Waters) ■ Clean, Healthy Air (Clean Up Diesel Particulate Pollution from Ships & Trucks)

Conservation Leaders Summit – Thanks to the collaboration of South Carolina’s conservation leaders – shown here at a statewide meeting in November – today conservation issues are some of the most talked about subjects in the lobby of the State House. S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources

Common Agenda for Conservation

Dana Beach



Support the Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use, and Reporting Act Such legislation will create a first-ever permit system to monitor and manage water withdrawals from South Carolina’s rivers.


Legislation 2009

,%')3,!4)/. 3%#52%/52 7!4%23500,9 South Carolina currently has no oversight of major withdrawals from public surface waters. Recurrent droughts, conflicts over water rights with neighboring states, and huge population growth projections all make it painfully obvious that we must manage our water supplies and that we must do it now. During the 2009 legislative session, the Coastal Conservation League will continue its work with the S.C. General Assembly to pass legislation establishing a surface water withdrawal permitting program. A similar bill was introduced in 2007 by Senator Wes Hayes (R-York), but it failed to pass due to the efforts of a few powerful special interests. The Conservation League will advocate for a permitting program that does the following: ■ Requires a permit from the state for all surface water withdrawals of three million gallons or more a month; ■ Protects the health of our riverine ecosystems by maintaining the biological, chemical and physical integrity of our surface waters; ■ Respects existing users by permitting withdrawals at current levels, and ■ Establishes appropriate requirements for potential users by balancing potential withdrawals with the public’s right to clean, abundant water. [See pages 4 and 5 for more on water . . .] %.%2'):%3/54( #!2/,).! The issue of energy reform is more salient than ever in South Carolina. The Governor’s Climate Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee

(CECAC) has completed its Action Plan and Senate President Pro Tempore, Glenn McConnell, has called on the General Assembly to comprehensively study South Carolina’s energy profile and to recommend legislative actions to secure the state’s energy future. Recognizing this enormous opportunity, the Coastal Conservation League is leading the charge to prioritize CECAC’s recommendations and build support for their implementation to create a proactive, sound state energy policy. [See pages 6 and 7 for our legislative priorities regarding energy . . .] &5,,9&5.$ #/.3%26!4)/."!.+ Since 2004, the Conservation Bank has been the most important source of public funding for land conservation in South Carolina, protecting more than 130,000 acres of natural and historic properties across the state. Yet, the Conservation Bank, along with all other state agencies, is facing severe funding cuts this fiscal year due to the state’s budget shortfalls. It will be critical to keep pressure on members of the General Assembly not to eliminate the Conservation Bank’s base funding in the coming year. 02/4%#44!80!9%23 7)4(!..%8!4)/. 2%&/2Inappropriate and harmful annexations are placing an undue burden on taxpayers, undermining local and regional planning efforts, and threatening the quality of life that we have come to enjoy in South Carolina. During the upcoming legislative session, the Conservation League will continue C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

Land Hero

Water Hero S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster has been on the front lines in protecting the state’s water resources.

Charles Lane, Chairman of the state Conservation Bank and one of the founders of the ACE Basin initiative, was recently named a 2008 Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream magazine.

to work towards reform of our state's outdated annexation laws by advocating for the following actions: ■ Redefine statutory standing for 75% and 100% annexation proposals in order to allow citizens negatively affected by annexation proposals to challenge these proposals; ■ Improve public notice requirements for 100% annexation proposals to provide communities at least 30 days to review and react to annexation proposals and require public hearings on all these proposals; ■ Require annexing municipalities to publish a “plan of services“ prior to approval of all annexation proposals; ■ Require all new annexations be consistent with local comprehensive land use plans, and amend current law to prevent inappropriate “shoestring annexations” of remote properties, and ■ Limit “shoestring” annexations of remote properties by requiring at least a 60% shared border with the annexing municipality and by requiring the annexed area be an urban area as defined by law.

South Coast

Guiding Growth he Coastal Conservation League continues to oppose the annexation and development of Binden Plantation, located more than two miles from the closest boundary with the Town of Yemassee.

Not satisfied with Beaufort County’s Comprehensive Plan, which sets a limit of approximately 330 houses for the 1,300-acre tract, Binden’s owners have sought annexation into Yemassee in order to take advantage of the town’s less restrictive zoning standards. On September 24th, the Conservation League and the Attorney General of South Carolina provided the S.C. Court of Appeals with briefs outlining the various reasons that the annexation of Binden Plantation is illegal. The Court of Appeals will soon rule on the annexation. Meanwhile, the Conservation League, in partnership with Keane and Co. (a regional planning firm), has been working with Yemassee town officials and surrounding landowners to craft an economic development plan for the town that includes a revitalization blueprint for downtown Yemassee and the designation of tens of thousands of acres of undeveloped lands to remain in their present rural state. The plan was unanimously adopted by the Yemassee Town Council and represents the first step in bringing sensible economic development to the area. Another piece of exciting news is that the Yemassee Development Corporation (YDC) has officially been launched, through the appointment of its Board of Directors and hiring of an Executive Director. The YDC is made up of local business and land owners who want to see the town grow in a sustainable manner. Both the passage of the master plan and the founding of the YDC represent the community’s commitment to proactive strategies to managing growth.

Ridgeland Plans Ahead – The Town of Ridgeland and Jasper County, with assistance from the Conservation League, have launched a Northern Jasper County Master Planning Process.

Ridgeland and Northern Jasper County he area around Ridgeland contains some of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts in South Carolina. To avoid random and misdirected growth, the Conservation League is working with local landowners, the Town of Ridgeland, and Jasper County on a Northern Jasper County Master Planning Process. The purpose of the process is to create a 25-year master plan for the area and provide landowners some degree of certainty about what is going to happen to land as development pressure increases. With more than 100,000 acres of private land and 75,000 acres of MeadWestvaco/International Paper timber land involved, the process stands to protect large connected parcels while guiding growth into areas that are appropriate. Over the summer, the Conservation League held two group meetings with landowners and received very positive feedback. It is clear that there is consensus for the area to be protected and that a coordinated plan will be essential to safeguard Northern Jasper County’s rural economy and landscape.



courtesy of the Town of Ridgeland


Patrick Moore

South Coast

Jasper Port Now!

T Too Far from Town The Town of Yemassee has set its sights on revitalizing its existing downtown – a better strategy than sprawling into the countryside to service proposed new developments like Binden Plantation pictured above.

he Jasper County Chamber of Commerce has created a Jasper Port Now! Web site at www. The site will be a place for all interested parties to find information about the history and progress of the port, and will serve as a vehicle with which to build a formal coalition of support for a Jasper Ocean Terminal. Other sponsors of the Web site include the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Hardeeville Chamber of Commerce and the Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board. As reported in our fall newsletter, a site has been purchased along the Savannah River for a new mega ship terminal that is only 13 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, half the distance between the ocean and Savannah’s existing Garden City Port.

Jasper Port Becoming Reality

Recent developments continue to propel a Jasper Ocean Terminal towards reality. In October, the S.C. Ports Authority (SPA) authorized $3 million to pay for feasibility and easement studies on logistics for the new bi-state, mega ship terminal. According to an intergovernmental agreement signed earlier in the year that established the Joint Project Office, South Carolina’s and Georgia’s ports authorities will split all costs, including $3 A compressed natural gas ship docked on the Savannah River. C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

million each for the initial studies. This marks the second major financial investment that SPA has made toward the Jasper port. The first came in July, when SPA put up half of the $7.59 million purchase price for a site for the new terminal – 1,518 acres on the Jasper County side of the Savannah River. The additional $3 million will be used to pay for studies needed to relocate a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers perpetual spoil easement on the newly purchased port site. The Corps uses the port site to dump dredge spoil from the Savannah River, an operation that ensures the river is deep enough to allow shipping vessels to travel upriver to the Garden City Terminal in Savannah. Another positive development is the delay of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Savannah Harbor deepening. The delay will give Jasper port proponents time to argue their case that the reality of a new Jasper Ocean Terminal must be given formal consideration, in light of the fact that it would reduce the length and scope needed for dredging and deepening the Savannah River channel to accommodate deeper draft container ships. The delay casts public doubt on the message that full dredging – all 26 miles to the Garden City Port – is somehow the more immediate solution for the region’s port development. Moreover, the fact that economics is the stumbling block in the Draft EIS is a reflection of the severity of the project’s environmental impacts if full dredging is approved. Nearly half of the overall project budget is for mitigation of these impacts. It is the opinion of a broad array of stakeholders that the Jasper Ocean Terminal site, because of its closer proximity to the ocean, would require significantly less mitigation.

North Coast Mega Waste Dumps & Dirty Coal Plants Highly Polluting Industries are not the Answer to Rural Economic Development “The whole county needs to get together to stop this. They are telling people that the alternative is too expensive; it’s going to cost everyone a lot of money if we don’t have a mega dump. We can’t take that at face value. When they tell people that, we need to ask, ‘Where are your numbers? Where are your documents? Where is your study?’ ” - Nelson Chandler, of Concerned Citizens of Williamsburg the Nesmith area on a site between the Black River and Black Mingo Creek. The Coastal Conservation League is working with Concerned Citizens of Williamsburg to oppose the county’s contract with MRR and the mega landfill. In October, citizen opposition forced the Williamsburg County Council to table its decision approving an ordinance to sign a development agreement with MRR to build the dump. Everyone recognizes the county has a waste problem, but the solution is not a 2.3-million-ton landfill that brings in waste from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida.

The Conservation League is also working with Concerned Citizens of Williamsburg and the county to identify alternatives. Jimmy Chandler with the S.C. Environmental Law Project represents Concerned Citizens and has filed a request to the DHEC Board to conduct a final review conference in connection with the DHEC staff decision to issue a Demonstration of Need Approval to Williamsburg County to expand waste disposal to 2.3 million tons annually. South Carolina’s existing landfills have enough capacity to meet the state’s waste disposal needs twice over, and through recycling, could reduce the demand significantly.

illiamsburg County, a rural county just west of Georgetown County, is looking for a new plan to handle its garbage. The county’s existing landfill violates current laws and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has ordered it closed. In February, the county signed a letter of intent with a private waste management company from North Carolina called MRR Williamsburg, LLC. The agreement would close the county’s present landfill and dispose of its 45,000 tons of garbage annually in a new landfill for free, if in return, MRR could bring into the county another two million tons of other people’s trash. MRR has proposed a similar dump for Marlboro County – a landfill that was originally planned for Richmond County, North Carolina. It took opponents there 18 years, but when North Carolina agreed to increase the tipping fee that dumpers are charged, MRR took their proposal across the border to South Carolina, where both land costs and tipping fees are lower. The proposed Williamsburg landfill, which would accept up to 2.3 million Not a Path to Prosperity – A North Carolina company wants to build a 2.3tons of garbage annually (making it million-ton landfill in Williamsburg County, with most of the waste originating in the largest in the state), is proposed for New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida.



Trashing Williamsburg County

It's Our Future! College of Charleston students on their way to a hearing in Pamplico to speak out against Santee Cooper’s proposed coal fired power plant on the Great Pee Dee River.

“The source of the mercury is coal-burning. Those people who live close to power plants are going to get a heavier dose.”

Gambling With The Pee Dee

his fall, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) held a public hearing on Santee Cooper’s maximum available control technology analysis for mercury – Dr. James Hansen, Director of and other hazardous air pollutants the NASA Goddard Institute for for the proposed Pee Dee coal Space Studies and Chair of plant. Five hundred people were Columbia University’s Department in attendance, including chartered of Earth Science tour buses full of employees of Charleston industries that support the proposed plant on the shores of the Great Pee Dee River. The hearing began at 6pm and lasted late into the evening. Prior to the hearing, the Coastal Conservation League stated at a press conference that DHEC’s permit to Santee Cooper would allow the plant to spew 93 pounds of toxic mercury each year into the atmosphere, ten times more mercury than a recently permitted plant in Virginia emits. Such large emissions of mercury – a known toxin that can cause serious health effects in babies and children – coupled with even larger discharges of sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and particulate matter, present untold risks to the rural communities in the vicinity of the proposed plant. Furthermore, the proposed plant will emit 8.7 million tons of CO2 a year, exacerbating global warming at a time when states across the nation are rejecting coal fired power plants for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy, including conservation. Increased efficiency and conservation can reclaim enough wasted energy in South Carolina to negate the need for another new coal plant altogether. As Dr. James Hansen states, “In short, Santee Cooper is proposing to dramatically increase its carbon output, just when we need all our utilities to begin ratcheting down their emissions.”



A Common Sense Solution to Plantersville Sewer Problems


he Plantersville Preservation Association, formed by a group of local landowners, is going about solving sewage problems in the area – septic tank by septic tank – at much lower cost and with far more efficiency than a proposed $7.5 million sewer line supported by land speculators, Georgetown County Council and the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District. County council and the Water and Sewer District prefer to run an 8-inch pipe from Highway 701 into three communities with failing sewage systems, and along the way, open up large acreages of land to suburban development. Jane Lareau

Gretta Kruesi

North Coast

Save Plantersville – Land speculators are pushing for a new sewer line in Plantersville to open up large acreages to suburban sprawl. Meanwhile, the Coastal Conservation League has worked with the Plantersville Preservation Association to raise money and implement the repair or replacement of septic systems in Annie Village, a traditional Plantersville community that is second on the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s list of communities designated as an “imminent health hazard.” This method of replacement or repair of existing septic systems – the most common method of handling waste water in South Carolina’s rural areas – represents a viable, less expensive alternative to a new sewer line. The communities of Jackson Village and St. Paul are next in line to receive similar assistance.

Jess Vande Werken

Jess Vande Werken

Members' Corner

Wild & Scenic! (top) More than 150 members and friends of the Coastal Conservation League attended Charleston’s first ever Wild & Scenic Film Festival, hosted by the League and the Terrace Theatre in Charleston. (l-r) Laura and Greg VanDerwerker with Brian McAvoy and Jonathan Lamb.

Steve Cregg

(bottom) Porter-Gaud science teacher Gretchen Tate brought her Environmental Science Class to the film festival and later brought the feature film, Mountain Top Removal, to the Porter-Gaud campus. (l-r) Jay Poston, Lauren Latten, George Smythe and teacher Gretchen Tate.

Steve Cregg

Steve Cregg

Green Build – For one week in October, Coastal Conservation League members and other volunteers joined with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity to construct a sustainable, energy efficient house for a family on Wadmalaw Island.

Some 130 Conservation League members and staff – using sustainable construction methods which reduce waste and protect the environment – helped to build a Habitat house from floor to roof in one week. Special thanks go to the many College of Charleston students who participated. C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E

(left) League Communications Manager Gretta Kruesi holds the youngest member of the Wadmalaw family who will occupy Sea Island Habitat for Humanity’s newest “green” house.

Members' Corner

Citizen Legislator

Steve Cregg

Ben Hagood Reflects on Six Years in the State House

Mount Pleasant Membership Party (l-r) Host Committee members Stephanie Hunt, Lee Batten and Noel Hunt welcome an overflow crowd of East Cooper supporters.

Special Thanks As 2008 draws to a close, the Conservation League bids farewell to three outstanding members of our Board of Directors – Will Cleveland, Vince Graham and Bill Agnew. All three served multiple board terms and brought unique and invaluable skills to the cause of conservation in South Carolina. Former board chair Will Cleveland worked with League Program Director Nancy Vinson to draft successful regulatory protections for marsh islands. In addition, Will’s commitment to an expanded constituency led to the successful development of the League’s 5,000-strong Activist Network. Vince Graham inspired the League to support great development in the right places. His enlightened and innovative approach to community building has helped change attitudes nationwide about quality development. And Bill Agnew exemplified the model of diplomacy, persistence and tact in organizational development that every nonprofit longs for but rarely finds. He and his Spring Island neighbors continue to provide a bedrock of support for conservation work in the Lowcountry.

Ben Hagood marvels at the many different viewpoints represented in the S.C. General Assembly – a “people generally assembled,” he reminds us, in the truest sense of the word. That appreciation of and fascination with the political process – along with a desire always to serve – motivated this attorney and former Marine to run for the S.C. House of Representatives in 2002. “I was a complete novice; I had no knowledge of politics,” reflects Ben, who is retiring his East Cooper seat this year and returning full-time to his private law practice at Hagood and Kerr, PA in Mount Pleasant. “I knocked on 2,500 doors. The campaign was a tremendous learning experience and was sometimes painful; but I grew a lot.” While he leaves open the possibility of serving again at a later date, for now Ben is looking forward to spending more time with his family and law practice. And speaking of family, Ben is a native Charlestonian, whose maternal ancestors first settled Charles Towne, and whose great great grandfather on his father’s side – James E. Hagood – moved to Charleston from Pickens, S.C. in 1865 and became the Clerk of Federal District Court. James Hagood's son, Benjamin A. Hagood, was a lawyer in Charleston and one of the founders of what is now Young Clement Rivers, LLP. Benjamin Hagood also became involved with William M. Bird & Co., a purveyor of whale oil and building supplies, which is now in its fourth generation of Hagood leadership. Ben grew up in downtown Charleston and graduated from the Hill School in Pennsylvania. He went on to graduate from the University of Virginia, and before entering law school at the University of South Carolina, Ben interned with Lt. Governor Nancy Stevenson and later worked under Baron Holmes for the State


Reorganization Commission during Governor Dick Riley’s administration. This was Ben’s introduction to the workings of state government. Then two years into law school, Ben wanted to challenge himself even further and entered Officer Candidate School with the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. After completing his law degree, he clerked with Randall T. Bell on the S.C. Court of Appeals and then served three years active duty in the Marine Corps. It was during this time, in 1984, that he and his wife, Penn Lilly Hagood, were married. Penn, a native of Raleigh and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, had roots in the Lowcountry – her grandfather, Edward Lilly, was pastor of First Scots Presbyterian Church of Charleston. Penn is a long-time faculty member at Ashley Hall School, where she teaches history and humanities. Their two daughters, Derrill and Nancy, will be entering college soon. Ben is most proud of his sponsorship of the Priority Investment Act that was signed into law in 2007. He also takes pride in helping to pass Charleston County school governance reform as well as chairing Governor Mark Sanford’s Climate Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee. In one year, under Ben’s diligent and fair-minded leadership, 30 different leaders from various state government, business, utility, and conservation constituencies unanimously endorsed an Action Plan for South Carolina to address one of the greatest challenges to face modern humanity – climate change.

Thank You! LIVE OAK SOCIETY Contributions Received from October 16, 2007 - October 15, 2008

The Coastal Conservation League works very hard to ensure that all donor names are listed correctly, however, occasional mistakes do occur. Please contact Alison Geer in the Development Office at (843) 723-8035, ext. 1105 with any questions or corrections. $10,000+ Anonymous (5) Penny and Bill Agnew American Rivers, Inc. Anthony and Linda Bakker The William Bingham Foundation Butler Conservation Fund, Inc. Charlotte Caldwell and Jeffrey Schutz Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Ceres Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Chitty Ms. Frances A. Close Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Cowgill Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Mrs. Vivian Donnelley Robin Chandler Duke Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Fair, Jr. James L. Ferguson The Festoon Foundation, Inc. Dorothea and Peter Frank Nancy and Larry Fuller Laura and Steve Gates Gildea Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Klaus Said Jeffrey Schutz and Charlotte Caldwell Ms. Dorothy D. Smith Libby Smith Fred and Alice Stanback, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Tenney H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Foundation Gary and Mary Beth Thornhill Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Turner Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James C. Vardell III and Family Yawkey Foundation

William and Mary Greve Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Hagerty Hillsdale Fund, Inc. Mr. Hank Holliday Holly H. Hook and Dennis A. Glaves Joanna Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Kellogg Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Lane Mr. Hugh C. Lane, Jr. Mills Bee Lane Foundation Ms. Bokara Legendre Mr. John T. Lupton Mr. T. Cartter Lupton II Lyndhurst Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. Wallace McDowell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. McShane Mertz Gilmore Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Alan A. Moses Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Ms. Justine J. Nathan Mr. and Mrs. Howard Phipps, Jr. Steven and Barbara Rockefeller Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc. Gillian and Peter Roy

$5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (1) Ms. Molly H. Ball Banbury Fund, Inc. John and Jane Beach Virginia and Dana Beach Henry M. Blackmer Foundation Mrs. Margaret N. Blackmer Ms. Margaret P. Blackmer Mr. and Mrs. William C. Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Coen Mr. and Mrs. Edwin H. Cooper III Mr. and Mrs. P. Steven Dopp Ms. Carol B. Ervin Mr. and Mrs. E. Stack Gately Mr. and Mrs. S. Parker Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Hale Half-Moon Outfitters Mr. and Mrs. John Philip Kassebaum Linda Ketner and Beth Huntley Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kimball Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Laco Mr. and Mrs. John E. Masaschi Mrs. Frank M. McClain Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meier Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank III Mrs. William Moredock Mr. and Mrs. David Paynter Price R. and Flora A. Reid Foundation Grace Jones Richardson Trust Southern Environmental Law Center, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan G. Verity Joe and Terry Williams Ziff Properties Charleston

COASTAL LEGACY SOCIETY The Coastal Legacy Society honors those who have provided for the Coastal Conservation League through their wills or estate plans. By making a gift to the Coastal Legacy Society, you will join this group of extraordinary individuals in their commitment to protect the Lowcountry for generations. If you are interested in finding out more about naming the Coastal Conservation League in your will or estate plans, please contact Development Director Nancy Cregg at (843) 723-9895. Anonymous (1) Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Russell and Judith Burns Charlotte Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Coffee, Jr. Ms. Marcia Curtis Howard Drew Carol B. Ervin Dr. Annette G. Godow Miss Florence E. Goodwin Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Liles Dr. Thomas R. Mather Miles F. McSweeney Ellen and Mayo Read Mr. Jason A. Schall Mr. and Mrs. John J. Tecklenburg Janis Hammett-Wegman and Charles Wegman

$2,000 - $4,999 Anonymous (1) Mr. J. Marshall Allen Mr. J. Anderson Berly III Mr. and Mrs. James J. Chaffin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Munroe Cobey Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Cutler, Jr. Mrs. Mary C. Everts Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Fetter Rev. and Mrs. David Fort Billie and Alan Houghton C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E


Dr. and Mrs. Todd P. Joye Dr. William Kee Ms. Nunally Kersh and Mr. Robert Stehling Bob and Jackie Lane Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Leath, Jr. Charlie and Sally Lee Dr. Franklin Lee Lasca and Richard Lilly Dr. Suzanne Lindsay and Mr. Bruce Lindsay The Suzanne and Bruce Lindsay Charitable Foundation Tish Lynn Magnolia Development LLC Mr. and Mrs. John C. Maize, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. G. Alex Marsh III Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Mather Mrs. John L. McCormick Mr. and Mrs. James O. Mills Sally H. Mitchell Mrs. Alexander Moore Mr. Guy Paschal Charles and Celeste Patrick Dr. Leslie H. Pelzer Mrs. Joan C. Pittman Mr. John M. Rivers, Jr. John M. Rivers, Jr. Foundation Mr. H. Del Schutte, Jr. Mr. T. Grange Simons V Mr. Matt Sloan Charles and Jo Summerall Mr. and Mrs. Jacques S. Theriot Mr. Robert L. Underwood Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Wyrick, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Loren Ziff Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Ziff

$1,000 - $1,999 Anonymous (1) Ms. Helena Appleton and Mr. David Lott Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Avery Bamboosa Mr. Arthur L. Baron The Arthur L. and Marcia S. Baron Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William R. Barrett, Jr. Mr. Randy Bates Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Blagden, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Boone III Elizabeth Calvin Bonner Foundation Dr. Eloise Bradham and Dr. Mark George The Brumley Family Foundation Trust Ms. Amy Bunting Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation Bob and Cris Cain Mr. Hacker Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Carson, Jr. Nancy and Billy Cave Mr. Anthony Cecil

Thank You! The Little-Reid Conservation Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Reliance Financial Corporation Mr. and Mrs. William R. Richardson, Jr. Dr. Georgia C. Roane David W. and Susan G. Robinson Foundation Mrs. David Robinson Bob Rymer and Catherine Anne Walsh SCANA Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Schenck Mr. Lee Schepps and Ms. Barbara Cottrell Southern States Educational Foundation Inc. James Gustave Speth Fund for the Environment of the Open Space Institute, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David L. Stern Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Storen Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sturgis William and Shanna Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Jan S. Suwinski Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Symington, Jr. Mr. Mark C. Tanenbaum Tom Uffelman and Patty Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Greg VanDerwerker Susan and Trenholm Walker Mr. G. David Waller Sally Webb Mr. Robert Ellis Welch, Jr. Ms. Sheila Wertimer and Mr. Gary Gruca Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Williams Mr. and Mrs. John Winthrop Ms. Martha C. Worthy

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ellison II Mr. Mark Essig and Mrs. Martha Craft-Essig Ms. Nina M. Fair Mr. Robert W. Foster, Sr. Dr. and Mrs. James H. Gault Alison and Arthur Geer Drs. Andrew Geer and Susan Moore Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Geer Mr. James R. Gilreath Dr. Annette G. Godow Dr. Angela Halfacre Mr. Alvin Hammer Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hanlin Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Happe Dr. Kit M. Hargrove Mr. and Mrs. D. George Harris Mrs. Charlotte McCrady Hastie Whitney and Elizabeth Hatch Mr. and Mrs. Oliver R. Head, Jr. Oliver R. Head, Jr. and Mary M. F. Head Gift Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hecker Mr. William J. Hennessy, Jr. Mr. Fred B. Herrmann Mr. Edwin Hettinger and Ms. Beverly Diamond Hilton Head Island Audubon Society Mr. and Mrs. Keith C. Hinson Mr. William L. Hiott, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Adams Hodge Dr. Melanie A. Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Calvert W. Huffines Robert L. Huffines, Jr. Foundation, Inc. James and Page Hungerpiller Mr. Leroy Hutchinson and Ms. Julia Eichelberger Ms. Mary Pope M. Hutson Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Jackson, Sr. Ms. Deanna Jackson Ms. May Jones Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Kammer Keane and Company Mr. and Mrs. Marvin P. Kimmel Mrs. Dudley Knott Melissa and Michael Ladd Ms. Diane D. Lauritsen Mr. and Mrs. Wood N. Lay Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Leland Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Lanneau D. Lide Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lincoln David Lyle and Anne Aaron-Lyle Magnolia Plantation Foundation Dr. and Mrs. John C. Maize Mrs. Patti Manigault Mr. Joshua Martin Mr. Miles H. Martschink Dr. John Mattheis Dr. and Mrs. Brem Mayer Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. McCann Dr. and Mrs. J. Stuart McDaniel Pat F. and Suzanne C. McGarity Mr. and Mrs. James D. McGraw Ms. Christie McGregor Mr. and Mrs. Earl McMillen III Mr. and Mrs. Dexter C. Mead The Nelson Mead Fund

$500 - $999 Anonymous (3) Ms. Carrie Agnew Dr. and Mrs. Scott H. Allen Drs. T. Brantley and Penny Arnau Ms. Vivian D'Amato Asche Chuck and Betsy Baker Mrs. Ann R. Baruch Mrs. Katrina Becker Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Bergan Dr. and Mrs. William Black Blackbaud, Inc. Blackwater, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Bowers Mr. Keith S. Brown Judge William Campbell and Ms. Susan Hilfer Mr. R. R. M. Carpenter Leigh Mary W. Carter Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Carter Mr. and Mrs. William A. Chandler Dr. H. Paul Cooler Mr. Jack Cordray Mr. Malcolm M. Crosland, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. William F. Crosswell Mr. Hal Currey and Ms. Margaret Schachte Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Daniels Mr. and Mrs. Alvin E. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Emmett I. Davis, Jr. Curtis and Arianna Derrick Mr. Christopher DeScherer and Ms. Amanda Honeycutt Ms. Ann W. Dibble Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Dodds Mr. D. Reid Ellis



Charles and Lisa Menefee Mr. and Mrs. Roger F. Meyer Mr. James W. Mozley Mr. and Mrs. C. Lawrence Murphy Mr. Michael Murphy Dudley and Ann Myers Mrs. Thomas E. Myers Mr. and Mrs. Eric H. Nelson Dr. and Mrs. Alan I. Nussbaum Mr. and Ms. Robert M. Ogden III Dr. and Mrs. J. David Osguthorpe Mrs. Heather R. Osterfeld Mr. and Mrs. Coleman C. Owens Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Parker Dr. and Mrs. B. Daniel Paysinger Ms. Patricia A. Pierce Mr. and Mrs. William E. Pitts III Ms. Cynthia Powell Mr. and Mrs. Ward Pritchett Mr. Frank W. Rambo Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Ransome III The Honorable Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Rosengren Mr. and Mrs. Cliff H. Rusch C.H. Rusch Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. John Salvo Dickie and Mary Schweers Sea Biscuit CafĂŠ Dr. and Mrs. William M. Simpson, Jr. Mr. G. Dana Sinkler Mr. and Mrs. Huger Sinkler II Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Mark C. Stamey Dr. and Mrs. James Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Stoothoff Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stormer Mr. John H. Tiencken, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Timmons Mr. and Mrs. William B. Timms Mr. and Mrs. F. David Trickey Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webb Dr. and Mrs. James D. Wells Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. West Dr. William Westerkam and Ms. Kirsten Lackstrom Dr. Tad Whiteside Mrs. Betty C. Wiggins Dr. Dara H. Wilber Walda Wildman and Mack Maguire Mrs. Harriet P. Williams Ms. Margaret A. Williams Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Williamson Dr. Henry P. Worrell

Live Oak Society

Mr. Elliott S. Close Coastal Expeditions Mr. and Mrs. James Coker Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Crawford Nancy and Steve Cregg Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cross Mr. and Mrs. Wade C. Crow Mrs. Mary C. Cutler Jane Tucker Dana and David D. Aufhauser Mr. R. Gordon Darby Mrs. Jane Blair Bunting Darnell Mrs. Emily Darnell-Nunez Mrs. Palmer Davenport Ms. Rebecca R. Davenport The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. DeCaro Michael and Megan Desrosiers Mr. and Mrs. F. Reed Dulany, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Ewing III Ms. Margaret D. Fabri Mr. H. McDonald Felder Mr. and Mrs. Peter Feldman Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fennell Dr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Finch Dr. and Mrs. Philip A. Finley Diana K. and Lawrence T. Foster Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Freeman Mr. and Mrs. George W. Gephart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Gomulka Dr. and Mrs. Gene W. Grace Mr. and Mrs. D. Maybank Hagood Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hagood Blair and Nancy Hahn Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hill Mr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Hilliard James and Margaret Hoffman Mr. J. W. F. Holliday Mrs. Robert R. Huffman Holly Jensen and Marty Morganello Dr. and Mrs. John J. Keyser Mrs. Hugh C. Lane Scott and Gayle Lane Mr. Roy F. Laney Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lawson Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Leak Leighton and Caroline Lord Mike and JoAnne Marcell Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Marshall Mr. and Mrs. Barclay McFadden III Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. McGee John F. & Susan B. McNamara Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mr. P.O. Mead III Kincaid and Allison Mills The Moore Charitable Foundation Mr. Hugh C. Morrison Mr. and Mrs. M. Lane Morrison Mrs. Elizabeth B. O'Connor Ms. Elizabeth F. Orser Dr. Robert Payne and Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas Mr. J. Randolph Pelzer Plantation Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ron C. Plunkett Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Prevost Mrs. Charles D. Ravenel Mr. and Mrs. S. Kim Reed

Thank You! NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERSHIPS August 1, 2008 – October 15, 2008

SPECIAL GIFTS Mrs. George C. Avent Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Beattie Ms. Evelyn Bowler Mrs. Myrtle Brown Dr. and Mrs. William Y. Buchanan, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Brian G. Cuddy Mr. and Mrs. Morris K. Deason Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ellison II Mr. and Mrs. John F. Green Ms. Janis C. Hammett Mrs. Mary F. Hollings Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Kaufmann Mr. and Mrs. William M. Matthew Mr. and Mrs. James W. McIntire, Jr. Capt. and Mrs. William L. Miles Geno and Mel Olmi Mr. Michael S. Sand Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Sheldon Mr. T. Grange Simons V Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Walker Christine McLean Winter

ADVOCATE ($250 - $499) Anonymous (1) Mr. Rhett S. Bickley Ms. Nancy Bloodgood Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bowe Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Brand II Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Britton Mr. and Mrs. Hardwick H. Burr Circular Congregational Church Mr. and Mrs. Robert Corning Mr. and Mrs. James K. Dias Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. H. Dodge Mr. Victor Dover Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Drummond Mr. Lee Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Kinney Gause Ms. Janis C. Hammett Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Harrell Mr. R. B. Haynes Mr. Richard F. Hendry Grey and Kay Hodnett Thomas D. W. Hutto Mrs. Peggy Hendricks Jones Mrs. Lisa Jones-Turansky Mrs. Lou Elise White Kimbrell Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kistler Nora Kravec and Charles Cyr Jonathan Lamb Mr. and Mrs. David D. Lamp Mr. and Mrs. Karl L. Landgrebe Ms. Paula A. Lareau Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Liles Timothy J. Lyons, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Moore Mrs. Frankie Nelson Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Parker

Tis the Season to Give Green

Mr. Bill Pendergraft Mr. Jerry Poore Ms. Laura T. Pulleyn Lydia Engelhardt, M.D. and Bill Rambo, M.D. Therese Robertson Mr. Legrand A. Rouse II Dr. Gerald J. Shealy Drs. Ryan and Erin Smith Ms. Heather Spires Drs. Christine and C. Murry Thompson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Foxworth Thompson Mr. and Mrs. John Waters Robertson and Priscilla Wendt Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Williamson Mr. and Mrs. D. Mark Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Zolman Stephen Zoukis

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Greenberger Mr. Andrew M. Greenstein Ms. Marjorie T. Groom Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Hadley Ms. Julia Haile Mrs. Dorinda Q. Harmon Dr. and Mrs. Julian R. Harrison Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Hazard Dr. Joseph Heikoff Dr. Ernest L. Helms III Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hester Ms. Janet Hopkins Mrs. Vera C. Hyman Mr. and Mrs. John D. Igleheart Mr. George Ivey Ms. Sally L. Jobsis Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Jones Stuart Kimball Mr. and Mrs. Edward King Mr. Chris Kouri Ms. Nancy M. Kreml Miss Gretta Kruesi Mr. and Mrs. Mike Logan Ms. Donna B. Mack Mr. and Mrs. Ward D. MacKenzie Andrea Malloy Mr. Harold Mathisen Mr. Mark McConnel and Mr. Darryl Phillips Ms. Jamie Young McCulloch Ms. Katherine M. McDonald Ms. Eileen Mary McGuffie Mr. and Mrs. Barnes McLaurin Mr. and Mrs. John Gregg McMaster III Phyllis Miller Mr. Warren Moise Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Morgenstern Mr. and Mrs. Jack Muench Ms. Elizabeth Newman Ms. Sis Nunnally Mrs. Marie J. O'Harra Ms. Kelly R. Polen Mr. John T. Poole Mr. and Mrs. William L. Pope Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Pulliam Mrs. Alberta Quattlebaum Mr. John L. Quigley, Jr. Mrs. E.H. Rakestraw Ms. Cheryl Randall Dr. and Mrs. George B. Richardson Mr. John Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Rivers, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Schmaltz Dr. Judy A. Shillito Mr. James H. Small Mr. David S. Spell Mr. and Mrs. Ross H. Suddath, Sr. Ms. Patricia Sullivan Mr. John Tarkany Mr. Jesse H. Tate

CONTRIBUTOR ($100 - $249) Ms. Julie W. Acker Mrs. Jane I. Allen Mr. and Mrs. W. Swinton Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Avinger, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McDowell Ball Mrs. Mary L. Ballou Mr. Leslie L. Bateson Mr. Peter Baumann Mr. Charles J. Bethea Mr. and Mrs. Robert Black Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bonds Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bowling Ms. Barbara B. Bradford Dr. Eloise A. Bradham Marilyn and Howard Brilliant Ms. Brenda Burbage Ms. Barbara H. Burwell Ms. Paula W. Byers Ms. Cornelia Carrier Mr. and Mrs. David Clark James C. Cochrane Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Wilfrid A. Daly III Mrs. Nadine Darby Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Dodds Mr. and Mrs. Clarke W. Dubose Ms. Valerie Durkalski and Mr. Patrick Mauldin Mr. William Ellison, Jr. John Evans Mr. and Mrs. Granville R. Fairchild Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Feldman Ms. Catherine H. Forrester Mr. and Mrs. Ian W. Freeman Col. Royce W. Fudge, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Gallivan III Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Gasque The Gerber Group, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Glas

Holiday Gift Memberships Inspire others to get involved. Give a gift membership to the Coastal Conservation League. Your gift honors your friends and loved ones by helping to preserve and protect the quality of life in South Carolina. Your tax-deductible gift will include one year’s membership. The recipient will receive a letter announcing your gift, one year of our award-winning newsletter, as well as invitations to Conservation League C OA S TA L C O N S E RVAT I O N L E AG U E


Drs. George and Carol Tempel Louis and Jane Theiling Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Tisdale Ms. Margaret M. Tolly Mr. and Mrs. John Trinkl Susan E. Walters Dr. and Mrs. H. Oliver Williamson Ms. Laura S. Witham Dr. W. Curtis Worthington

SUPPORTER ($50 - $99) Mr. and Mrs. Wade H. Barrineau III Mr. Bennett R. Baxley Ms. Tina Berger Jan Brewton Sassene N. Bridges Mrs. and Mr. Carley Brown Drs. Marion L. Brown and Marilyn Mumford Thomas Brown Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Bunting Mr. Elwyn Cahaly Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Cale Robin Carter and Caroline Eastman Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Chase Mr. and Mrs. A Crawford Clarkson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Coble Mr. and Mrs. Dean R. Collins Dr. Joseph Corso Ms. Margaret A. Cromwell Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Crutchfield Mrs. M. Penelope Davis Ms. Colette DeGarady Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dengler Mr. Dan Dickison Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Doty III Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Drew Mr. and Mrs. Donald D. Easson Dr. Leon M. Ember Dr. John Emmel and Ms. Deborah Gessert Mr. C. R. Ewing Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Fee Mrs. Sue Fleming Ms. Lavinia French Gwylene Gaulart and Jean-Marie Maliclet Ms. Emily T. Gibbons Dr. Joel Gramling Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Gravil Jim and Kay Gross Mr. Robert Gurley Ms. Leola A. Hanbury Mr. and Mrs. Wade E. Harrell Ms. Sarah Hartman Ms. Connie Haskell Beth Heenan Ms. Hannah B. Heyward Col. and Mrs. Perry A. Hudel Mr. and Mrs. M. Hampton Hunter III Mr. and Mrs. T. Parkin Hunter

events and outings. Give online at or use the enclosed giving envelope to mail in your gift. Green Gifts are In! Recycled cotton t-shirts and tote bags with the Conservation League’s logo are available this holiday season by contacting Dana Moorer at 843-723-8035 ext.1104 or by emailing Dana at

Thank You!

REGULAR ($30 - $49) Lisa Avant Mr. and Mrs. Jess S. Ballentine, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. N. Elliott Barnwell Billie J. Black Marnette Bowen Mr. Doran A. Bramlett Mr. Joseph W. Cabaniss Mrs. Elizabeth G. Caldwell Mr. Mario F. Canelon Ms. Terry Carson and Mr. Michael Scruggs Ms. Elane L. Casteen Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cave Mr. Mark Comer Ms. Marjorie H. Conner Ms. Rosemary A. Corley Ms. Anne Davis Mr. and Mrs. I. Langston Donkle III Mr. Brian Falls Mrs. Dorothy Fetters Dr. and Mrs. James Forrester Ms. Elizabeth B. Glazebrook Cmdr. Susan H. Hancock Ms. Erika L. Hartwig Sandra Hayes Mr. Ian D. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Hoenck Mr. Russell W. Hokanson Drs. Louis and Christine Huzella Dr. and Mrs. W. Scott James Ms. Jennifer L. Jerome Ms. Betsy A. Jukofsky Mr. and Mrs. Keith N. Knapp Mr. and Mrs. Bill Krucke Mr. Thomas J. Levine Mr. J. S. Lewis Lynne Lovelace and Tim Dunham Georgette Mayo Mr. and Mrs. Duncan C. McIntyre Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Meyerson Ms. Elaine Miller Ms. Phyllis J. Mongeon Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Moore III


Ms. Pam Morrison Mrs. Dorothy L. Mosior Mr. Gerald W. Musselman Mrs. Maggie Nielsen Mr. Charles O'Neal Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rosen Mr. T. Jason Ruhf Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Schwenzfeier Mr. and Mrs. John M. Settle, Sr. Ms. Lisa Shimko Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith Mr. and Mrs. Eric E. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Smith Gretchen and Chris Tate Mr. William B. Thompson Mr. John G. Thornhill Mr. Thomas E. Thornhill Mr. and Mrs. George H. Walter Mr. B. L. Watson Mr. Rob Young

In Honor of Mr. Roland B. Dickison, Jr. Mr. Dan Dickison In Memory of Mr. Daniel A. Erwin Mr. Walter K. Lewis, Jr. In Memory of Dessie Lee Keels Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hardaway In Memory of Mrs. LaFaye McGregor Ms. Sarah Hartman In Memory of Mrs. Rutledge Moore Mr. and Mrs. Archie W. Outlaw In Honor of the birth of Evan C. Nussbaum Vivian Friedman

STUDENT ($15 - $29)

In Memory of Dr. James Passino Sarah Lesesne

Stephanie Adams-Green Ben Allston Brianna Arnette Mr. John F. Atkinson Mr. Jason Bird Jonathan and Marty Bonds Catherine J. Booker Eliza Bordley Ms. Julie Brier Mrs. Marie W. Brown Capt. and Mrs. James H. Chapman Mr. and Mrs. James Cleary Lindsay Copp Mrs. Florence R. Creveling Ms. Marianne C. Daleske Sam Davies Noah Denton Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dixon Ms. Carol Tanner Dotterer Christine Dowd via Network for Good Mr. and Mrs. Eric K. Engdahl Mr. Christopher Fagerstrom Ms. Jo Smith Fetzer Ms. Rebecca M. Floor Shirley K. Glancy Mr. Matt Gregory Ms. Mary Anna Hanke Ms. Katie Hedley Miss Genevieve Hudson Divya Jain Mr. John Kacpura and Ms. Pamela Berry-Kacpura Erica Kemppa Ms. Mary W. Koob Helen F. Kulseth Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Laney IV D. H. Robinson, M.D. and J. W. Lawther, Ph.D Ben Le Clercq Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leahy Mr. Chris Looney Mr. Jimmy C. Matthews Mrs. Martha K. McConnell Mr. Josh McFadden Ms. Shelley McGeorge, Ph.D. Ms. Sondra J. McNelis Mr. and Mrs. Tyre H. Moore Mrs. Mary Kathlyne Nussbaumer Claire M. Palmer Mrs. Robin N. Parker Katie Peterson Mr. Will Pittman Mr. Bob Porter Miss Tessa Rattenbury Mr. Robert H. Ronan, Jr. Dr. Daniel Silver Dr. Elva C. Stinson Mrs. Charles W. Stockwell Dr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Tiller, Jr. Mr. Thomas Videyko Mr. John A. Zeigler, Jr.

In Memory of Elizabeth E. Phillips Virginia and Dana Beach Mr. Claudius S. Dawson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony H. Harrigan Ms. Frances F. Hutson Mr. and Mrs. George R. Mathey

Mr. Lawrence Morris Garrett and Andrea Stevens In Memory of Pauline S. Rivers Ms. Paula D. Rivers In Memory of Ada Louise T. Russell Mrs. Sandra Cochran In Memory of Mrs. Suzanne Thoms Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beadie Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Clarke Mr. and Mrs. David M. Duffin Carole L. Green Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Greenlee Mr. and Mrs. Fouad A. Halaby Mr. Harold A. Huckins Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth James Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Learned Mr. and Mrs. John McGavack, Jr. Katherine D. McMillin Barbara A. Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Posey Ms. Mary Lou Schuler Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Shade Mr. and Mrs. William B. Taylor Mildred Timmerman



Celeste Albers, The Green Grocer Tom Blagden The Charleston Museum David Elliott, Catesby Commemorative Trust, Inc. Dr. Miles Hayes Dr. Jacqueline Michel Sara Reynolds, Marshview Community Organic Farms Richard Wilson, Bateaux Restaurant Whole Foods Market

ExxonMobil Foundation

GIFTS OF MEMBERSHIP Keller and Bill Barron for Dr. and Mrs. George K. Bumgardner Keller and Bill Barron for Mr. and Mrs. Theodore DuBois Lindsay Copp for Rob Moore Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hollings, Jr. for Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Burns Helen F. Kulseth for Will Kulseth Helen F. Kulseth for Paula Oakes

Honor Marks

Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Hutson, Jr. Mrs. Derial C. Jackson Mr. and Mrs. George W. Jones Mr. and Mrs. John Kerner Mr. Ralph C. Ksenzak The Honorable Phil P. Leventis Ms. P. Ellen Malphrus and Mr. Andrew Fishkind Mrs. Evelyn C. Marion Neill Martin Mrs. Audrey C. McBratney Ms. Hillary J. McDonald Mr. and Mrs. T. Hunter McEaddy Dr. Phoebe A. McLeod Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Moore Larry O'Briant Mrs. Anne V. Padgett Mr. and Mrs. Barry Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Stanley L. Pauls Mr. and Mrs. William F. Pennebaker Ms. Susan H. Prettyman Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Read Mr. and Mrs. Theodore H. Reading II Ms. Paula D. Rivers Mr. and Mrs. James P. Rush Capt. and Mrs. E. M. Russell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Smith Mr. Barry L Sparrow Mrs. John M. Spence Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Turnbull Mr. and Mrs. Frank Villano Mr. John Waddill Ms. Christina C. Ward Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Weir Mr. Samuel C. Welsh Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilhite Mrs. Suzie H. Williams Mr. William G. Williams, Jr. Christine McLean Winter Mr. and Mrs. West P. Woodbridge, Jr.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS Central Carolina Community Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Lawson Coastal Community Foundation Amanda’s Fund Anonymous Fund William M. Bird & Co., Inc. Endowment Burney Fair Endowment Fund Houghton Fund The Ketner Fund Elizabeth C. Rivers Lewine Endowment Joseph H. & Evelyn M. McGee Fund Joanne and Alan Moses Fund Joan Coulter Pittman Fund SC Green Fund Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, Inc. Jim Gilreath Family Fund Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. Martha C. Worthy Charitable Fund The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Alexander and Laurinda Schenck Fund



The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Alexander and Jacqueline G. Moore Memorial Fund Foundation for the Carolinas Carla and Alex Marsh III Foundation Fund Fred and Alice Stanback, Jr. Middletown Community Foundation Peggy Wymond Verity Fund The New York Community Trust The Barns Fund The Bohemia Fund Feldman Family Fund The John Winthrop Fund Pasadena Community Foundation Gay S. Huffman Fund The Pittsburgh Foundation F.E. Agnew Family Fund

At the State House

Conservation Lobby Teams are Back in Action! During the 2009 session you can practice activism from the State House lobby (or from your living room) in the following ways: Lobby Team Tuesdays – Lobby teams are now even bigger and better in this, our fourth year of encouraging concerned citizens to engage their legislators on conservation issues. Come any Tuesday that fits your schedule and we will guide you through a day at the State House. You can observe a legislative session in action, speak to representatives and senators, attend hearings, and help reinforce the message of our Common Agenda. Throughout the 2009 session, individual organizations will encourage their members to attend on specific days. The Conservation League’s first Lobby Day will be February 17th.

Legislative Contact Teams – An organized network of volunteers who establish an ongoing dialogue with their representative or senator on targeted issues through phone calls, letters and emails. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference if you are unable to make the trip to Columbia for Lobby Team Tuesdays.

Sixth Annual Conservation Lobby Day – (Tuesday, April 28th) The BIG Lobby Day – an all-day event with hundreds of conservationists from around the state

gathered at the State House, followed by an old-fashioned oyster roast with legislative guests.

Email Action Alerts – Join our email “Hotlist” for weekly updates on legislation. You don’t need to be an expert; we will brief you beforehand. All you need is a willingness to learn and a desire to bring about change. For more information, log on at: or

THE MISSION OF THE COASTAL CONSERVATION LEAGUE is to protect the natural environment of the South Carolina coastal plain and to enhance the quality of life of our communities by working with individuals, businesses and government to ensure balanced solutions.

State House Calendar

For more information about the Coastal Conservation League, check out our Web site at

Tuesday, Jan. 13th – Official start of the 2009 Legislative Session of the 118th S.C. General Assembly

Tuesday, April 28th – 6th Annual Conservation Lobby Day at the State House

Charleston, S.C. 29402-1765

Contact Legislative Liaison Heather Spires at 803-771-7102 or for more information about times, meeting places, and transportation to and from Columbia.

P.O. Box 1765

Wednesday, Jan. 14th – “Conversations with Conservationists” Tuesday, Jan. 20th – Lobby Team Tuesdays begin Tuesday, February 17th – Conservation League Lobby Day

Winter 2008