Meeting Sept. 24 concerns Kiawah River Plantation plan to fill some wetlands, salt marsh

JOHNS ISLAND — Environmentalists are trying to get the word out early on a meeting this month regarding a development and plans to fill wetlands.

The Kiawah River Plantation, owned by the Beach Co., is seeking a permit to fill some wetlands and salt marsh areas to expand access roads to the property.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is holding a hearing on the request. It will be held Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Kiawah Town Hall, 21 Beachwalker Drive.

While the project is named “Kiawah River Plantation,” it is on Johns Island along River Road and the Betsy Kerrison Parkway. The hearing, though, is on Kiawah Island.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Johns Island Library, the Johns Island Conservancy and SaveTheAngelOak.org will give an educational presentation on the history and nature of oak trees. Mike McShane from the Lowcountry Open Land Trust will also present an update on the campaign to purchase the property next to the historic Angel Oak.

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