DHEC and OCRM Approve DCCA Renourishment & Groins

DeBordieu Colony is pleased to report that the staff of the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the office of Ocean Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has issued DeBordieu Colony Community Association a permit to place up to 650,000 cubic yards of nourishment on the beach and construct three groins to help preserve that sand.

Stabilization structures such as groins are part of the long-term plan for DeBordieu Colony that will systematically replace eroded sand and help restore, preserve, and enhance protective dunes, thereby protecting homes and infrastructure, as well as the beach and its wildlife ecosystem. The project is designed to include a nourishment volume which is approximately four times greater than the trapping capacity of the groins – meaning 150,000 to 200,000 cubic yards of sand will pass over or around the groins and migrate down coast to Baruch Foundation property.

The DHEC permit includes strict monitoring requirements and objective survey data which will be used to determine when additional nourishment is required.

This project as permitted by DHEC achieves the balance prescribed in coastal zone management laws, which is to preserve, enhance, protect and restore the coastal zone system.

The installation of groins and renourishment are slated to occur in 2021.