South Carolina’s State Ports Authority voted to put aside $5 million in conservation funds. The funds will be used for the protection of the environment that is put at risk by the deepening of Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet. Funding for the conservation of wetlands surrounding the Cooper River corridor was seen as a pact between business and environmental groups. During a speech at Silk Hope Plantation, Governor Nikki Haley told business and environment leaders, “Today is a day that we say yes to both conservation and business – they can be married together.”
The Lowcountry Open Land Trust currently holds 5,182 acres—6.5 miles—of land within the Cooper River corridor. In all, 56,000 acres are held and protected by conservation and historic preservation groups. The allotted funding will purchase a portion of the 15,000 acres that are not protected. Jim Newsome, the State Ports Authority chief executive officer, compared both the deepening of the harbor and the conservation plans equally. “Deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness and economic development efforts in South Carolina, and likewise the conservation commitment announced today carries permanent significance to our region and state.”
Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we’re proud of our community for its commitment to the environment.