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January

A proposal to split DHEC gains steam, some worry about damaging environmental protection

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/as-proposal-to-split-dhec-gains-steam-some-worry-about-damaging-environmental-protection/article_3437996e-55b8-11eb-9147-57a39d50dfc7.html

Wastewater at toxic superfund site treated and discharged into sewage system, developer says

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/wastewater-at-toxic-superfund-site-treated-discharged-into-sewage-system-developer-says

February

Saltwater bodies like Shem Creek must meet stricter bacteria standards with new regulation

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/saltwater-bodies-like-shem-creek-must-meet-stricter-bacteria-standards-with-new-regulation/article_08053472-672f-11eb-a3bb-838513017b3f.html

Charleston Waterkeeper, NOAA begin pilot study that tests local waters for contaminants

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/charleston-waterkeeper-noaa-begin-pilot-study-that-tests-local-waters-for-contaminants

New pilot study tests Lowcountry waterways for contaminants

https://www.live5news.com/2021/02/20/new-pilot-study-tests-lowcountry-waterways-contaminants/

March

SC plastic pellet spill lawsuit settled for $1 million

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/sc-plastic-pellet-spill-lawsuit-settled-for-1-million/article_5330d994-7b96-11eb-b4e7-b7b8ca40fc27.html

Company accused of plastic pollution agrees to pay SC nonprofits $1M in settlement

https://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article249651773.html?fbclid=IwAR0QHqiRb54FjJTu_kCioBy-pADQ-rXEa8jSetdxcgRS_SFJ9L08z3V6r1M

Frontier Logistics agrees to $1.2 million settlement in pellet lawsuit

https://charlestonbusiness.com/news/distribution-logistics/80125/

$1 million settlement reached in Charleston “nurdle” lawsuit

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/company-to-pay-1-million-for-spilled-plastic-pellets-into-charleston-harbor-in-2019

Environmental groups, company settle suit involving plastic pellets on Sullivan’s Island beach

https://www.live5news.com/2021/03/03/environmental-groups-company-settle-suit-involving-plastic-pellets-sullivans-island-beach/

$1M settlement reached in lawsuit over “nurdles” in Charleston Harbor

https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/charleston-county-news/1m-settlement-reached-in-lawsuit-over-nurdles-in-charleston-harbor/

Conservation leaders work to mitigate pollution and threats to Lowcountry waterways. 

https://www.counton2.com/news/latest-news/conservation-leaders-work-to-mitigate-pollution-and-threats-to-lowcountry-waterways/

$1 million nurdle spill settlement shines light on plastic pollution during shipping

https://www.desmogblog.com/2021/03/09/1-million-nurdle-spill-settlement-plastic-pollution-shipping

SC bill aims to prevent plastic pellets in local waterways 

https://www.live5news.com/2021/03/26/sc-bill-aims-prevent-plastic-pellets-local-waterways/

SC bill would crack down on plastic pellet spills 

https://www.postandcourier.com/ap/sc-bill-would-crack-down-on-plastic-pellet-spills/article_8b6a5af2-8ccf-11eb-970b-4b568a3184ca.html

April

DHEC to start annual water quality tests at state beaches

https://counton2.com/news/dhec-to-start-annual-water-quality-tests-at-state-beaches

SC Senate passes “nurdle bill” to help curb plastic pellet spills

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/sc-senate-passes-nurdle-bill-to-help-curb-plastic-pellet-spills

Bill cracking down on plastic pellet pollution in Lowcountry waterways passes SC Senate

https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/charleston-county-news/bill-cracking-down-on-plastic-pellet-pollution-in-lowcountry-waterways-passes-sc-senate/

Earth Day sparks clean-ups throughout the Lowcountry

https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/charleston-county-news/earth-day-sparks-clean-ups-throughout-the-lowcountry-and-assists-the-city-of-charlestons-climate-action-plan/

DHEC to start annual water quality tests at local beaches

https://www.counton2.com/news/dhec-to-start-annual-water-quality-tests-at-state-beaches/

June

Volunteers constructing artificial oyster reef near USS Yorktown

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/volunteers-constructing-artificial-oyster-reef-near-uss-yorktown

July 

New study finds pollutants lurking in Charleston waterways

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/new-study-finds-3-pollutants-lurking-in-charleston-waterways

“Concerning” medical waste found on Ashley River Bridge

 https://abcnews4.com/news/local/medical-waste-found-on-ashely-river-bridge

Local expert says litter worsening as people leave their homes post-lockdown

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/local-expert-says-litter-worsening-as-people-leave-their-homes-post-covid-lockdown

August 

Extremely high bacteria levels found in Charleston waterways

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/extremely-high-bacteria-levels-found-in-charleston-waterways

September 

Human fecal bacteria found in local waters

https://twitter.com/carolinebTV/status/1433075620750168074

October

Commentary: Act now to reset balance between Lowcountry’s land and water

https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/commentary-act-now-to-reset-balance-between-lowcountrys-land-and-water/article_cb403170-2201-11ec-a932-43ca6321d327.html

Human fecal matter creating unsafe bacteria levels in James Island Creek, task force working to clean it up

https://www.counton2.com/news/human-fecal-matter-creating-unsafe-bacteria-levels-in-james-island-creek-task-force-working-to-clean-it-up/

Editorial: We know what’s polluting James Island Creek. Now we need to fix it.

https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-we-know-whats-polluting-james-island-creek-now-we-need-to-fix-it/article_318002e2-26e1-11ec-b442-071c5d19170b.html

James Island Creek Task Force tasked with cleaning waterway, including fecal waste

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/james-island-creek-quality-task-force-tasked-with-cleaning-waterway-including-fecal-waste-wciv

Local storm water and environmental experts say waterway pollution is worse after storms

https://www.counton2.com/news/local-storm-water-and-environmental-experts-say-waterway-pollution-is-worse-after-storms/

November 

Watershed samples show water quality unsafe for swimming in Charleston

https://www.live5news.com/2021/11/08/watershed-samples-show-water-quality-unsafe-swimming-charleston/

December

Lowcountry Groups great fund to support environmental improvement projects

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/lowcountry-groups-create-fund-to-support-environmental-improvement-projects

Coastal Community Foundation launches Heathy Harbors Fund to benefit water quality in greater Charleston area

https://www.postandcourier.com/moultrie-news/community-news/coastal-community-foundation-launches-healthy-harbors-fund-to-benefit-water-quality-in-greater-charleston-area/article_9f42c108-589f-11ec-992f-0b988a34e487.html

Town of James Island to request $6.4M in state, federal funds to stem creek contamination

https://www.live5news.com/2021/12/17/town-james-island-request-64m-state-federal-funds-stem-creek-contamination/