On Sunday, Januray 11th, Charleston Waterkeeper received a citizen report of some suspicious activity on the banks of the Cooper River. Charleston Waterkeeper responded to the report and captured the following footage. We are not at this time claiming that there is any illegal activity associated with the pumping of these apparent stormwater basins; however, we are currently gathering more information and will act accordingly.
Charleston Waterkeeper has contacted the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to inquire about any permits that may cover this activity. Charleston Water Systems does have permits out for road improvements and stormwater construction in that area. We have tried contacting Charleston Water Systems to ask specific questions regarding this de-watering but have unsuccessfully been able to speak with anyone knowing detailed information.
Charleston Waterkeeper will continue to investigate this incident and will post any additional information regularly. The Clean Water Act, “prohibits discharges to waters of the U.S. except with a permit.”