Group says DHEC grant could help cut down on bacteria in Murrells Inlet

(Murrells Inlet 2020 Facebook page photo)

A South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) grant is funding a project that could cut down on bacteria in Murrells Inlet, according to a group in Murrells Inlet.

On Wednesday, the Murrells Inlet 2020 group posted to their Facebook page to explain a construction project currently being completed near the bike bridge on Highway 17 Business.

The group said a grant from DHEC is funding the creation of a "vegetated constructed wetland" that could reduce harmful bacteria entering the inlet.

According to the post, Georgetown County's Stormwater Division, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, Horry County's Stormwater Division, and Murrells Inlet 2020 are working together on the project.

The group said the Murrells Inlet Watershed Steering Committee is responsible for initially identifying the project as a priority.

The goal of the project is to reduce periodic closures of nearby oyster beds and clean the stormwater runoff before it enters the inlet, according to Murrells Inlet 2020.

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