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Public hearing planned to fight filling of Gadsden Creek

Gadsden Creek. (Source: Charleston Waterkeepers) Gadsden Creek. (Source: Charleston Waterkeepers)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

As development plans for the WestEdge site get underway, many are speaking out in opposition of the direction the plans are headed.

Right now, developers plan to fill more than four acres of Gadsden Creek, which runs through the center of the project formally known as the Horizon Project. Drainage pipes would be put in, feeding into the Ashley River.

But, the Coastal Conservation League and Charleston Waterkeepers are trying to stop the plans before they get flowing.

SC DHEC/OCRM (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management) will host a meeting Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. to give people an opportunity to address their concerns with filling Gadsden Creek.

The developer applied for a permit to fill the 4.025-acre area, place a drainage pipe supported by piles in Gadsden Creek, and fill its surrounding marsh.

More than 70 people, including members of the Conservation League and Charleston Waterkeepers, requested a public hearing for this application.

The meeting will be held at Arthur W. Christopher Community Center located at 265 Fishburne Street.

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