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South Carolina’s Supreme Court Rules to Protect Isolated Wetlands


Friday - November 18, 2011


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About This Show

Dr. Edgar and his guests take a look at wetlands—what they are and why they are so ecologically important, focusing particularly on a recent ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court extending legal protection to isolated wetlands. The suit was filed over a 0.332-acre lot in Pawleys Island, 0.19 acres of which is an isolated wetland, meaning it does not have a direct connection to other waters or wetlands. Such wetlands were previously ruled outside of the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s purview.

Taking part in the discussion are Amy Armstrong, Chief Counsel for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, and Dr. James Morris, Director, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences of USC.


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