Storm Damage Reduction Project


Council Meeting Begin Process
Completed: Sep 5, 2014
Dec 31 2001
Reconnaissance Study
Completed: Aug 10, 2019
Feb 12 2004
Feasibility Study
Completed: Mar 20, 2014
Aug 10 2006
Public Hearing
Completed: Oct 29, 2006
Oct 29 2006
Public Hearing
Completed: Aug 26, 2013
Aug 26 2013
Feasibility Study Completed and Presented to Civil Works Board
Completed: Mar 20, 2014
Aug 10 2006
Federally Approved Project
Completed: Sep 5, 2014
Sep 5 2014
Preliminary Design Agreement
Feb 12 2015
Notification Project Funding Appropriated
Completed: Jul 5, 2018
Jul 5 2018
Public Hearing
Completed: Sep 24, 2018
Sep 24 2018
Public Hearing
Completed: Jan 14, 2019
Jan 14 2019
Mtg with USACE/Inlet Reach/PEL
Completed: Jan 30, 2020
Jan 30 2020
Letter to Inlet Reach Homeowners
Completed: Mar 3, 2020
Mar 2 2020
Council Meeting
Completed: May 19, 2020
May 19 2020
Council Meeting
Jun 11 2020

In 2001, the Town began working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to develop the Town's Hurricane and Storm Damage and Reduction Project which received Congressional approval in 2014.  Even though the project was authorized, it did not receive obligated funds ($22.2 M) until appropriated in 2018.  This project was designed to reduced storm damages and also provide a more secure funding source.  The cost share is 65% fed/35% local on the initial construction and 50%/50% on subsequent nourishments.  The cost share for storm damage is 100% federal. 

This project consists of 16,530 feet long, 15 feet high, 15 feet wide vegetated dune along Atlantic Reaches. It also includes 16,530 feet berm built at the existing berm height (7ft). The berm would start at the Atlantic Reach South (15 ft high dune), and would gradually taper over 1,900 feet into a 50 feet wide berm that would extend 6,330 feet along the Atlantic Reaches. The berm would widen over another 560 feet into a 75 ft wide berm that would extend 7,740 feet to Groin 1.

The initial project included the inlet reach and the Town has asked this be removed.  The groin portion of the project as initially proposed was completed by the Town in 2017. 


Iris Hill, Project Manager

United States Army Corps of Engineers, Chrissa Waite

Project Updates

Council Meeting to Discuss Project
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Council will discuss information requested by the USACE on June 11, 2020.  Two of the critical issues are local funding and Perpetual Easement Line. 

Perpetual Easement Line Interactive Map
Monday, March 30, 2020
Below is the Perpetual Easement Line Interactive Map
Edisto Beach Validation Report
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Letter to Inlet Reach Beachfront Owners
Monday, March 2, 2020

Letter to Inlet Reach Beachfront Owners

Public Hearing Notice (Meeting Postponed)
Monday, March 2, 2020

There will be a public hearing on April 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall to hear comments on a proposed Army Corps of Engineers Project on Edisto Beach.  

Meeting with USACE - Notes
Thursday, January 30, 2020



Date of Meeting:  

February 7, 2020


 2414 Murray Street, Edisto Beach, SC

Minutes Prepared By:

Chrissa Waite





  • Brian Williams, Chief, USACE Programs & Civil Works Project Management
  • Chrissa Waite, USACE Project Manager
  • Iris Hill, Edisto Beach Town administrator
  • Jerome Kizer, Edisto Beach Town Council Member
  • Mark Aakhus, Assistant Town Administrator
  • Mikala Randich, USACE GIS Analyst

 What is our common goal?

Protection of property on Edisto Beach

 What are additional goals that Edisto Beach has?

  • Storm protection
  • Re-establish berm/beachfront.

 What are additional goals that USACE has?

  • Responsible use of federal dollars

 What is the difference between a PEL and CL?

  • Easement line indicates the property that USACE can access, but is not always equal to the construction line. It allows USACE to be able to build the dune and berm in response to the conditions present at time of construction (or renourishment). 
  • Construction line is where landward toe of dune is placed. Must be equal to or seaward of easement line.  The location of the construction line could be different from year to year, and dependent on the erosive or accretive conditions of the beach at that time.

 Discussion of Easement line

  • USACE must build the project as it was authorized by Congress
  • See easement line from the feasibility study in the online geoportal:
  • The further landward the PEL is, the more flexibility we'll have to make smart decisions during design.
  • The dune does not HAVE to be built right at the PEL. The "construction line" can be seaward of the PEL. 
    1. Would be based on physical condition of the beach at the time of construction (either original or renourishment)
    2. For example, if an existing dune is already 12ft high, we would only add 3 additional feet of dune. Width needs to be 10 ft, with the 2:1 slope.  If the slope already exists, we don’t need to add any additional sand there.  We can diagram out different example scenarios to help residents understand how the construction might work.
    3. Construction oversight is not 24/7, but someone is present almost every day. Close communication.  Typically a weekly meeting between USACE and construction manager.  Town can participate.
  • Town agrees that it is in Edisto Beach’s best interest to move forward with the easement line as proposed by USACE.

 Next steps:

  • USACE will send a geospatial file, and parameters (min distance from homes) that can be used as a guide to survey the easement line
  • USACE will sketch scenarios to show what the construction might look like under different conditions.
  • USACE will send a draft of the partnership agreement with highlights of portions of project description that will likely change
  • USACE will develop amortization tablet to show what Edisto would pay every year over 30 years.
  • USACE will finish validation study that describes new project. Get this signed off
  • Edisto and USACE will sign new partnership agreement
  • Edisto acquire real estate easements
  • USACE review and certify easements