The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says it made a mistake.
DNR violated the federal Clean Water Act while constructing a road in Horry County at DNR property named Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve. Personel working with the agency filled in six acres of wetlands that they were not authorized to fill.
DNR Director John Frampton apologized for the mistake, saying that his agency will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to either restore that site or another nearby property.
Frampton thanked the Charleston District regulatory staff for bringing the mistake forward.
DNR has title to over a quarter-of-a-million acres of land in South Carolina. Frampton says managing that land requires a considerable effort. He says the mistake happened due to a lack of proper coordination up the chain of command.