New ruling will protect up to 400,000 of Lowcountry wetlands

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Conservations across the state are thrilled with the S.C. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a 2008 lower-court verdict declaring state rules protecting freshwater wetlands along the coast invalid.

Isolated wetlands have been largely without federal protection in South Carolina since a 2001, but the new ruling puts pressure on developers to receive review and approval from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control before building on the said wetlands.

For more on the court's decision, hop over to the article in The State.

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