Berkeley County School District has applied to fill in about 6 acres of freshwater wetlands at the Clements Ferry Road site where it plans to build two new schools.

The work is needed so that the district can proceed with construction of an access road to the elementary/middle and high schools.

According to the application, the work would not have an adverse impact on fisheries or affect any federally endangered, threatened or proposed species.

"This is just a normal process," said Connie Myers, capital projects manager for the school district. "We have to have the road in place to be able to build the schools, but we are trying to minimize the impact as much as possible."

The two schools, which the school board last month voted to name for the late artist and blacksmith Philip Simmons, are being built on about 110 acres formerly owned by Cainhoy Land and Timber. They will be part of a 50-year project to develop the 5,000-acre Cainhoy Plantation into residences, businesses, parks and schools.

The elementary school is scheduled to open in August 2016 and later expand to include middle grades, and the high school is set to open in August 2017.

Until July 24, written statements regarding the proposal can be sent to the Charleston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 69A Hagood Ave., Charleston, SC 29403-5107.

Through Aug. 8, written statements will also be accepted at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Office of Environmental Quality Control, 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201.

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