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DHEC issues new fish consumption advisory

The Post and Courier

Date: 8/15/2016 8:49:00 AM

For more information, visit For example, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control placed no restrictions on largemouth bass or blue catfish caught in the “west fork” of the Cooper River from the Lake Moultrie Dam to

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Smoke BBQ opening in Mt. Pleasant

The Post and Courier

Date: 8/10/2016 7:07:00 AM

Roland Feldman, who’s the chef in the Feldman duo, says he’s looking forward to taking his reputation as a “curse breaker” across the Cooper River. Prior to Smoke opening, its King Street address belonged to a series of failed restaurants

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Researchers start aerial counts of waterfowl and waterbirds

Times and Democrat

Date: 8/7/2016 2:17:00 AM

The bird counts will be conducted from Murrells Inlet to the South Carolina-Georgia coastal border and over the Cooper River and Santee Cooper lakes systems, and will continue in November through March. Fixed-wing aircraft will fly predetermined lines from

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Dolphins Are Pointing Out Possible Pollution in Charleston

Date: 8/5/2016 4:36:00 AM

Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the highest concentration of these chemicals along the Lower Cooper River at what was labeled “Site 16

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This Footage Of A Rickety South Carolina Bridge Will Take You Back In Time

Date: 8/2/2016 8:01:00 AM

Toward the end of their lifespans the older of the two, the John P. Grace Memorial bridge, was a scary proposition for crossing the Cooper River. In fact, ten years before it was taken out of service it received only a 4 out of 100 in a safety rating

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• River: Santee River
• Length: 210 Miles
• Surface Area: 60,400 Acres
• Volume: 1,425,000 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 19 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 75 feet
Lake Moultrie is the 3rd largest lake in South Carolina at 60,400 acres. The lake is 14-miles across at its widest point with the open water varying in depth from 10-feet to 30-feet deep. Lake Moultrie is suitable for pleasure boaters and fisherman alike. Significant aquatic vegetation growth provides habitat for largemouth bass, pickerel, bream, and many other species.

Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion make up the Santee Cooper Reservoir. Lake Moultrie is the smallest of the two impoundments. Aquatic vegetation is present in backwater sloughs and in the 900-acre Hatchery section of the lake. Originally constructed to be a separate impoundment within Lake Moultrie, the remnants of the Hatchery dike still provide enough shelter to allow significant aquatic vegetation growth that provides habitat for largemouth bass, pickerel, bream, and many other species.

Most of Lake Moultrie, unlike Lake Marion, was timbered before impoundment. However, caution is urged when navigating in shallow water on Lake Moultrie, as many submerged stumps are present on its gently sloping shorelines.

Once away from the shoreline, the stump hazards decrease and the majority of Lake Moultrie is suitable for pleasure boaters and fisherman alike. Much of the open water varies in depth from 10-feet to 30-feet deep, as numerous underwater humps and contour breaks exist throughout the lake. The lake is 14-miles across at its widest point, and a marked navigational channel runs from Pinnopolis Dam to the Diversion Canal.

Constructed in the Cooper River Drainage, over half of Lake Moultrie's shoreline is contained within a network of dams and dikes. This depression era electrification project was originally designed to route the Santee River flow down the Cooper River. However, since 1985 flow has been re-diverted to the Santee River through an Army Corp of Engineers canal and hydroelectric dam located near the town of St. Stephen.

The closure of Lake Marion Dam in 1941 trapped a founding population of striped bass and a thriving population developed in the reservoir. Investigations of this population first demonstrated that striped bass could complete its life cycle entirely in freshwater.

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