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 (withdraw from project)
Completed: Jun 11, 2020
Jun 11 2020
Council Meeting (Rescind Withdrawal)
Completed: Oct 8, 2020
Oct 8 2020
WRDA 2020 (Provision not included)
Completed: Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21 2020
Obtain State Funding
Completed: Jun 30, 2022
Jun 30 2022
Project Partnership Agreement Executed
Feb 27 2023
Beachfront Owners Public Meeting
Oct 30 2023
General Public Meeting
Nov 8 2023
Project Survey Work
Dec 11 2023

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. 


Mark Aakhus, Project Manager

United States Army Corps of Engineers, Chrissa Waite

Project Updates

Continued Negotiations with USACE
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

This meeting was to pursue additional conversation on the language of the estate and discuss outcomes of the conversations.  

Negotiations with ACOE
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

After contacting the USACE regarding the Town's desire to withdraw and the reasons associated with the decision, the USACE requested a meeting with the Town and USACE leadership to determine if the project could be salvaged.  Discussions from this meeting were promising.  

Council Meeting
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Council voted to withdraw the ACOE project considering the cost associated with construction and a failure to agree on easement language. 

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