Myrtle Beach works to keep ocean clean and safe

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - No one wants to swim, drink, or see toxic water. That's why the Water Quality Subcommittee in Myrtle Beach is studying the construction projects in the Grand Strand to make sure they're not impacting the beaches or waterways in a negative way.

The concern is stormwater, which can drain off from a construction site and bring unwanted debris along with it.

Moving forward, the committee decided they wanted to encourage green building, continued recycling and clean efforts throughout the city.

"Our quality subcommittee is looking at the practices already in the Myrtle Beach area how we can improve on things and put those good practices for our community toward the future," said John Poston, a member of the subcommittee.

Poston said the committee is looking to make those putting up a new building in the Grand Strand be more compliant with green technology and materials.

Some of the options being tossed around is for incentives-expedited or sustainable methods when it comes to construction and also tax deductions available.

Poston said, "We want to give people the opportunity to participate in making the environment better. Often times cost is one of the factors that keeps people away from being what they want to do and being good stewards of the environment."

Another option being discussed among the group was a penalty charge in permit fees for those who aren't using green methods.

For Myrtle Beach residents like Betty Renard, this news is good news for her community. "I think it's a good start, I really do. I think it's very important."

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