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“Underappreciated Assets: The Economic Impact of South Carolina’s Natural Resources”, a 2009 study by the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, found water-based recreational activity and coastal tourism have a $10,840,145,849 economic impact in South Carolina.  The study included both direct and indirect impacts like employment and income and concluded “well-managed” natural resources are “integral” to economic development.  The Ashley/Cooper River Basins water-related natural resources not only define the region’s history and culture but also fuel the local economy and provide a high quality of life for local residents residents. Learn more about the culture and economics of the Charleston Harbor watershed.