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Artificial reefs and other big ideas under discussion at SC flood panel

Within a generation, South Carolina’s coast could feature massive artificial reefs just offshore that would help slow down the biggest, most erosive waves headed toward its beaches.

These reefs would likely cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and if they’re designed like others around the country, they would consist of broad-based mounds of rocks and sand just a few hundred feet offshore.

But would they actually work?

That’s the question before South Carolina’s first statewide flooding commission as it begins its task of finding the best ways to protect the state. Its members already have an abundance of big ideas to sort through — from these reefs to a third massive, man-made interior state lake.

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