June 13, 2023

Walker Simmons

Georgetown nonprofits push for more environmental protections

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCBD) – Georgetown nonprofit groups are raising concerns about stormwater they say may be polluting Murrells Inlet with harmful bacteria.

In April, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released the results of an audit conducted in October 2022. The results found that Georgetown County’s stormwater management program is in need of improvement. The Director of the Georgetown County Department of Public Services, Ray Funnye said his organization is working to meet the standards.

“We took the audit report and dissect it and had a discussion with our staff about some of the findings, and it gave us a chance to learn about some of the deficient areas we had,” said Funnye.

Preserve Murrells Inlet Inc. board member Gary Weinreich said their organization reported similar problems; he hasn’t seen much progress made...

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