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South Carolina Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access98
Water Quality54
Beach Erosion8-
Erosion Response-6
Beach Fill6-
Shoreline Structures7 5
Beach Ecology4-
Surfing Areas25
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South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control Coastal Zone Management Program website. Also see here, which is a more useful starting point. The site can be a little hard to find from the main DHEC site. You have to go to Environment --> Your Water and Coast --> Coastal Resource Management.

The South Carolina Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) Program website is well organized and easy to use. It provides information on beach access, water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, and shoreline structures. The keyword search is a particularly useful feature on the OCRM website.

Information about the Coastal Resource Management Program, including relevant Statutes and Regulations, is available via the OCRM website. Most important are the Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands Act, also known as the Beachfront Management Act.

The website provides access to number of publications that are listed under Products and Services. One such publication is Coastal Currents, their e-newsletter. Here is their Spring 2014 issue. You can subscribe to Coastal Currents by emailing Sarah Latshaw,

The Section 309 Assessment and Strategy 2011 – 2016 can be viewed online at:

South Carolina's annual State of the Beaches Reports can be viewed here.

Two exiting new products are the South Carolina Beachfront Jurisdiction web app and Beach Monitoring System map.

Also see Environmental Data, Maps and Reports.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website provides information on water quality, beach ecology, environmental education and coastal/environmental regulations.

Links to a wide range of state, regional, and national organizations and other coastal information resources can be found via a link to the South Carolina Coastal Information Network.

The OCRM website is relatively up-to-date.

Website Contact Info

Dan Burger
Director, Coastal Services Division
SC DHEC - Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
P: 843-953-0251 / F: 843-953-0201

Other DHEC Contacts

State of the Beach Report: South Carolina
South Carolina Home Beach Description Beach Access Water Quality Beach Erosion Erosion Response Beach Fill Shoreline Structures Beach Ecology Surfing Areas Website
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