Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Coastal Geology at Edisto / Botany Bay WMA

SCDNR's Bess Kellett and Katie Luciano
Long before the creation of Botany Bay WMA in 2008, the shoreline on the northern end of Edisto Island has been undergoing changes due to environmental conditions. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust invited South Carolina Department of Natural Resources geologist Katie Luciano to address their Back To Nature event on Saturday March 10. Aerial photos leave little doubt that the shoreline is receding at Botany Bay WMA, which is a normal cycle in barrier island geomorphology.

ACE Basin map
The coastal geology lecture was held in the meeting room at the Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center. Right beside the meeting facility is the Bache Monument Trail, where a historical marker from the 1850 U.S. Coast Survey by Alexander Dallas Bache is located. Bache was the grandson of Benjamin Franklin, and supervised placing survey markers to aid accurate measurements of changing coastlines in the future. There is a series of Bache monuments on Edisto with the West End located on the State Park and the East End located on Botany Bay WMA.

Bache was Grandson of Benjamin Franklin
“Barrier Islands are very young in terms of geology,” said Luciano. “We date much of Botany Bay WMA coastline to the Holocene era which is just 11,000-years old. Shorelines can shift very rapidly, especially under the influence of hurricanes. In general, coastal geology is constantly dynamic, and sea level rise is a new factor which could accelerate erosion. We are already seeing old marsh and sand deposits being exposed on Botany Bay WMA, which can harden due to the oxidation process.” The Shoreline Change Project, creating digital shoreline datasets primarily from historical aerial imagery, is also able to utilize scientific monitoring data from the larger ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view blog entries from 2018 at Edisto click on Grits Cook Off - Spring Events Calendar

To view past blog entries from the Edisto Chamber Business of the Year click on 2017 - 2016

Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 Spring Activities at Edisto Island

7th Annual Fun Run and Day in Bay Creek Park
Spring came early to the Lowcountry in 2018, and the coastal areas are ready for visitors to enjoy, before the Memorial Day Holiday brings in summer heat. Colorful flowers in bloom and blossoming trees make the drive to Edisto Island a pleasant one right now. It’s one thing to visit the beach when temps are comfortable, and enjoy the ocean views with less crowded beaches, but it’s also good to drive down with an event to attend. A good mix of established events and brand new endeavors will welcome Colletonians back to the beach in a big way.

Saturday, March 10
The Second Annual Macapalooza, presented at Green Boat Liquors on Saturday March 10. The public is invited to come, paying $10 for ten samples of cheesy mac recipes. For more information call 843-631-5100. Another option for Saturday morning on March 10 comes from the Edisto Island Open Land Trust. Meet at the Edisto Beach State Park Interpretive Center at 10 a.m. to hear geologist Katie Luciano talk about barrier island geomorphology and nearshore sediment transport dynamics. Also on Saturday March 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. is the History Harvest Festival at the New First Missionary Baptist Church. 

Dinner and a Play? YES!
The Edisto Art Guild Players present the popular drama On Golden Pond at the Edisto Civic Center March 15, 16 and 17. Only the inaugural performance on March 15 includes the annual Dinner Theater option at 6:30 for $45, with reservations accepted at 843-869-3099. Tickets for the play are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, the Sunday matinee performance is at 3 p.m., and visit for more information. Craft Vendors gather at the Edistonian from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 31 for the Art Guild’s Spring Show and Sale.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view blog entries from 2018 at Edisto click on Grits Cook Off

To view past blog entries from the Edisto Chamber Business of the Year click on 2017 - 2016

To view past blog entries from 2017 at Edisto click on Edisto Music Festival - Lions Club Bingo - Business of the Year Jim Bost Tourney - Summer Activities - Edisto Billfish Tourney

To view past blog entries from 2016 at Edisto click on Jim Bost Memorial - Dolphin Slam - Cobia Tourney - Spring Shorebird Synergy - Bovine Bones on Beach - Edisto River book - 2016 Edisto Billfish Tourney