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Oysters Used in SC River Dredging

Monday, July 8, 2019

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Oysters are being used to mitigate the impact of dredging activities in a South Carolina river, according to reports. The implementation of the reef system also helped local authorities obtain permits for the next phase of the work.

The Citadel Foundation and the city of Charleston are working together to build the oyster reefs along the Ashley River’s western edge, a move that facilitated work that needed permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project calls for the use of 14,000 bushels of oysters.

Known as a military college, The Citadel itself is located in Charleston, and the Foundation helps provide financial assistance for the school.

Ashley River Oyster Reefs

According to The Post and Courier, the work in question is for the next phase of a deep-tunnel drainage system located along the Septima P. Clark Parkway. The reefs will serve as mitigation for channel dredging and construction of a pier and boating center for the school. Neither the city nor the Foundation have taken part in this kind of program before.

The bushels of oysters, drying at the Port of Charleston’s Veterans Terminal for the past six months, were brought in from the Gulf Coast.

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Oysters are to be used to mitigate the impact of dredging activities in a South Carolina river, according to reports. The implementation of the reef system also helped local authorities obtain permits for the next phase of the work.

The reefs, intended to mitigate the $52 million fourth phase of drainage to the parkway, will be installed by the end of August and configured in such a way that live oysters will attach to the shells. The oysters will both help filter the water and stabilize the shoreline.

The work, which was awarded to Conti Enterprises, includes plans for a pump station that will move underground stormwater from tunnels to outfalls. Additional work also includes a dock that was recently completed, along with the channel dredging. The project is slated for completion by 2022.

The Citadel also has plans for a 1,200-square-foot open-air pavilion and separate dock house.

“What we said was, if we’re each doing a mitigation project, let’s do it together and save the money on the overhead and get some economy of scale,” said Matthew Fountain, stormwater director for the city. “It’s a good way to cost share.”

The city and the nonprofit are equally shouldering the cost of mitigation. Oyster shells have also been used in other programs, including the South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program run by the Department of Natural Resources.

   

Tagged categories: Construction; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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