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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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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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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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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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Clean Trucks in Charleston

Good news for anyone who breathes air in our fair city – the Port of Charleston is expanding its efforts to see that the trucks moving cargo in and out of its terminals are newer and cleaner with fewer emissions. The air quality in Charleston, particularly in the areas around the ports and interstates, is an inherent victim of the …

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