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SC - Mount Pleasant Leaders Push Back on Crab Bank Renourishment Location

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - While some in the Town of Mount Pleasant are worried about the location of a bird sanctuary renourishment near Shem Creek, advocates say it’s a necessary project to protect wildlife in the area.

A study by the town says that a planned renourishment at Crab Bank Island, could potentially lower water levels in Shem Creek. It predicts the town could lose around $83 million annually if the popular shrimp spot gets closed off from the rest of the harbor.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie says the town wants to see the project completed, but further away from the mouth of the creek.

“There are a couple of things to remember, there’s a right way to put the equivalent of a 50-acre island off the mouth of Shem Creek in front of Mount Pleasant,” Haynie said. “Shem Creek is going to be too shallow for shrimp boats in a matter of a few years and we cannot as a council standby and not raise our voices of concern about the right way and a wrong way to do this.”

Tuesday, the town will take up a resolution urging the US Army Corps of Engineers to redesign the location of the project.

While officials with the Army Corps of Engineers call the project a “Win-win” for conservation and the town. But an email sent to local businesses by the corps calls parts of the town’s study “not accurate.”

“Current conditions easily serve the commercial, shrimping, and recreational vessels that utilize and visit Shem Creek and provide for unimpeded access to deeper harbor waters even at low tide,” the letter reads in part.

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