CHARLESTON, S.C. — This week marks a midpoint in the public review period for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston Peninsula Coastal Flood Risk Management Study. Since release of the draft report on April 20, the study has received nearly 200 comments from citizens across the region. The Corps values the community’s input — public feedback is a cornerstone of the study’s feasibility process and analysis — and encourages continued public feedback through the end of the comment period which is June 19.
In recognition of the importance of this study and the extenuating circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corps has expanded its public engagement efforts, extending the review period from 30 to 60 days, offering weekly one-on-one calls with citizens and recently participating in a virtual public workshop hosted by the City of Charleston.
The virtual workshop which was held on May 21 is now available to view online at www.sac.usace.army.mil/charlestonpeninsulastudy for those interested in learning more about the study. During the workshop, the Corps presented highlights of the draft report and answered questions from council members and citizens.
The Corps will hold its last scheduled virtual office hours May 28 from 4-6 p.m. The final virtual session rounds off a month-long initiative to provide citizens an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the study’s project manager about aspects of the study and address their questions. The call-in phone number is (843) 329-8049.
Through June 19, the public is encouraged to provide written comments on the draft report and overall study in one of three ways:
- Emailing at Chs-Peninsula-Study@usace.army.mil,
- Completing a digital form at https://arcg.is/00aCj9, or
- Mailing comments to the Environmental & Planning Division at 69A Hagood Ave, Charleston, SC 29403.
Hard copies of the draft report are available for pickup at the Charleston District front office, located at the above address. The report is also available on the study webpage at www.sac.usace.army.mil/charlestonpeninsulastudy. Community members can also view study modeling and a visual overview of initial findings at the study’s geographic information system website at https://arcg.is/0HHiSf.
Release no. 20-003