Tracking Sources of Fecal Pollution
The Grand Strand coastline of northeastern South Carolina stretches for more than 60 miles in Horry and Georgetown Counties.
|2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, SC|
Eighty-three (83) sites in these counties have been documented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) as having fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) impairments.
|Sign near tidal creek in Myrtle Beach, SC|
Sites impaired by FIB may be subject to beach closures for recreational swimming and fishing due to health concerns. Since the economy of the Grand Strand is driven by beach-related tourism, restrictions on beach usage as a result of polluted water can have adverse effects on the economy.
In the next few pages, we want to provide you with information about:
- the sources of FIB
- tools that can be used to determine sources of FIB in order to optimize remediation efforts
- our experience using these tools during a pilot study in Myrtle Beach, SC
But first, we'd like to acknowledge our project partners: