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The DHEC Board and Enforcing the Law

Folks, you may remember reading about DHEC proposing a fine of $750,000 for an illegal seawall that the Wild Dunes Ocean Club Villas association built. One reason the fine was so high was that the homeowners association hid the…

Election Updates

Yesterday’s Results, Tomorrow’s Priorities

After a long election season, we congratulate the winners. We are pleased that land conservation played a bipartisan role in several House races.  We welcome two new CVSC endorsed House members Roger Kirby (D-Florence) and Gary…

Election Updates

Vote for Conservation

Tomorrow we vote. I remember my excitement when I voted for the first time. November 1968.  It was an important election (and I didn’t vote for the winner).  Tomorrow is another important election and I’m voting for Vincent Sheheen. …

Project News & Updates

Watching Pinewood

This morning’s article in The State on the Pinewood landfill and the risk of hazardous waste leaking into Lake Marion reminds us all of the importance of strong leadership to protect our drinking water and our natural areas. We are…

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Pricing Nature

A recent op ed in the Greenville News, “Can and should we put a price tag on nature?” (Oct 5, 2014) by two Furman professors, Dr. John Quinn and R. Melanie Cozad, reminds me how time and…

Press Releases

Close honored for Fort Mill conservation work

Anne Springs Close of Fort Mill was awarded the Conservation Voters of South Carolina Conservation Achievement Award at the sixth annual Green Tie Awards luncheon. The award recognizes residents of South Carolina who help conservation in the state, according to CVSC Executive Director Ann Timberlake. “We agree that conservation is important to both the prosperity of South Carolina and the protection of the environment, so I think it’s important we recognize all people who do that,” Timberlake said.

Election Updates

2014 Lieutenant Governor Questionnaires

As a service to voters, CVSC asked the two Lieutenant Governor candidates--Henry McMaster and Bakari Sellers--to respond to a questionnaire about conservation issues facing our state. The candidates' answers are provided in full. Please note that CVSC has not endorsed a candidate in this race.

Legislative Hotlist, Project News & Updates

Cleaning up Coal Ash

In 2012, I worked closely with our conservation lobbyists and environmental attorneys to defend South Carolina’s historic Pollution Control Act. In the end, we reluctantly agreed to a compromise that weakened the citizens “cause of action” but ensured that the…

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Coal Ash at Duke’s W.S. Lee’s Plant

Southern Environmental Law Center, Upstate Forever, and Save our Saluda requested an Ex Parte Briefing on Duke’s Coal Ash with the South Carolina Public Service Commission. Frank Holleman, Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, and a…

Election Updates, Events

Join us tomorrow night in Columbia

Election season is in full swing and we’re hitting the phones to help CVSC-endorsed candidates. Tomorrow night in Columbia we’ll have a volunteer session at 915 Lady Street from 5-8 p.m. to support House…