We Survived a Charleston Snow Day

Ravenel Bridge in Charleston Snow

It began on a Wednesday afternoon – most of Charleston was home from work and school, anticipating a historic weather event. What started as freezing rain became snowfall flurries, then a bit of a blizzard. It has been nearly thirty years since we’ve experienced this sort of thing, so we enjoyed the novelty of it. And there is truth to …

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Army Corps to Deepen Charleston Harbor

The S.C. Ports Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers have finalized a plan to deepen the Charleston harbor. They still need public input and to go through more than a year of a formal approval process. They presented the $509 million project to the public Tuesday night; $343 million from state funds and $166 million from federal funds. Officials …

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How Clean is Charleston Tap Water?

I read this week about Boston winning the 2014 “Best of the Best” in a taste test hosted by the American Water Works Association. The tap water in Boston is so clean, the city got a waiver from the EPA mandate that requires cities to filter and treat tap water, which typically involves a veritable cocktail of unpleasant chemicals dumped …

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Indoor Air Quality of Homes

The air in our homes is often not considered as something that needs to be maintained or corrected in any way, aside from clearing out of the occasional pungent odor or blackened entrée. When taken for granted, the indoor air quality can be worse than even the most polluted urban environments, leading to health conditions known as ‘sick building syndrome.’ Have …

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Keep The Pollen Outside

Spring is in the air – finally – and we love to bring the outdoors inside. A cool spring breeze is a welcome change to freshen the indoor air, which is a great remedy for the stale air that characterizes sick building syndrome. But another air quality problem accompanies the warm weather – the bursts of pollen from trees and …

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Christmas Tree Recycling

As it does every year, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department is offering its Christmas tree recycling to everyone in the county. Once depleted of their holiday cheer, they are ground into compost at the Bees Ferry Compost Facility. Collection is easy – if you live in a municipality where curbside yard waste is picked up, then trees can be left at the …

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Recycle Electronics in Charleston

Like most Americans, Santa brought you some new gadgets this year. Tablets, smartphones, Blu-Ray players, flatscreen televisions – it may be your first, or it may be replacing an outdated model. New or old, large or small, functioning or not, an important consideration is what to do with those electronics that have lost their usefulness. It will likely take an …

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Arbor Day in Charleston

In Mayor Riley’s 2012 State of the City Address, he proposed the creation of a new organization that would be “committed to the reforestation and beautification of the edges of our suburban neighborhoods.” He was speaking about Charleston’s new 10,000 Trees Commission that seeks to support the planting of trees along highways, shopping areas, streets and parks throughout the city. …

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