Our Vision

We are a coalition of organizations working with citizens across South Carolina to ensure future generations continue to enjoy the blessings of our richly diverse state. Our vision for South Carolina’s prosperous future is one where natural resources are recognized as an irreplaceable part of our economy, history, and culture — and where economic development and conservation goals align.

The SC Conservation Coalition shares the belief that South Carolina should be a place where water resources are used efficiently, where sporting traditions and wildlife abound, where land conservation is honored, where local food is accessible, where energy needs are met affordably, reliably, and cleanly, and transportation dollars are invested wisely.

To achieve this worthy vision, we support environmental laws, policies, and regulations that affirm citizens’ rights to clean air, abundant water, healthy communities, a fair and efficient public permitting and enforcement process, and adequate funding for natural resource agencies.

The Coalition relies on credible research and listens to all voices. While we respect our differences, we strive for consensus so we can work for the common good. Because every one of us who lives in South Carolina is impacted by the quality of our environment, we are committed to building a broad and diverse constituency to protect South Carolina’s people and places.

2024 Priorities

Protecting Carolina Bays and Wetlands

The SC Conservation Coalition supports legislation that funds a study to identify the vulnerable bays, wetlands, and streams in our state that must be protected under increased pressure from development. Then, a state agency should be tasked with implementing these recommendations in consultation with the legislature, stakeholders, and the public.

Signage for National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits (S.999 & H.4958)

The SC Conservation Coalition supports the NPDES Signage Bill (S.999 & H.4958) requiring individuals and entities possessing NPDES permits, which ensure discharge flowing into waterways complies with the Clean Water Act, to post a sign identifying the outfall and basic permit information unless a waiver is granted. This bill would increase public awareness of potential pollution and encourage accountability from NPDES permittees.

Don’t Write a Blank Check for a Risky Utility Megaproject

The SC Conservation Coalition does not support legislation that endorses a risky natural gas megaproject in Canadys, South Carolina. The complete cost of this facility has yet to be disclosed, but the power plant and pipeline needed to fuel the project will cost billions of dollars. Beyond the construction costs, this type of facility is reliant on large amounts of natural gas for fuel. Customers bear 100% of the cost of this volatile commodity when prices spike, as we saw in the past two years with 20% bill increases. Increased reliance on natural gas will only exacerbate the issue. South Carolina needs energy generated by clean, renewable, and equitable sources – not increased investment in fossil fuels. 

The Working Agricultural Lands Preservation Act (H.3951)

The SC Conservation Coalition supports the Working Agricultural Lands Preservation Program and Trust Fund created by H.3951. This would provide a funding tool to help landowners preserve working agricultural lands through voluntary conservation easements. When landowners donate their development rights as part of a conservation easement the property loses significant value, requiring external funding for the project to be financially feasible. This act provides additional financial assistance for qualifying farmers in the form of a “matching payment” of up to 50% of the value of the qualified interest in land, incentivizing the future protection of critical farmlands. 

The Recreational Trail Easement Income Tax Credit (H.3121)

The SC Conservation Coalition supports the Recreational Trail Easement Income Tax Credit created by H.3121, which would provide an income tax credit to a property owner who voluntarily adds a publicly accessible recreational trail easement to their property. This bill helps South Carolina keep pace with the demand for public access to the outdoors with a common-sense approach to encouraging private investment in public spaces.

Member Organizations