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$11M set for stormwater runoff project off Myrtle Beach coast

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - The City of Myrtle Beach will spend $11 million dollars on a new outfall project to push stormwater runoff farther into the ocean.

Outfall projects consolidate several pipes that deposit rain water runoff onto the beaches into one pipe that extends hundreds of feet into the ocean.

The city’s newest outfall project will be built on 4th Avenue North.

Construction is scheduled to begin around Labor Day and be completed by late spring or early summer of next year.

So far, the city has invested over $60 million dollars in outfall projects along the coast over the last two decades.

However, more than two dozen pipes still are lined along the ten mile stretch of Myrtle Beach coastline and some residents say the project should be more of a priority.

"If the city is working on a problem and it takes 20 years, I think that's outrageous. If it's a serious issue, which I’m more sure it is, then they need to address it immediately,” said Carmen Feliciano.

City officials say signs posted along the beach cautioning swimmers to stay clear of the pipes are just out of an "abundance of caution" and removing the pipes is more for aesthetics.

"A lot of it is perceptual. Having the rain water pipes on the beach it's not terribly attractive, but it is just rain water that needs to go some place,” said Myrtle Beach City Spokesperson, Mark Kruea.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control disagrees.

DHEC’s website lists beaches as far south as 13 Avenue South in Surfside all the way up to Highway 22 in Myrtle Beach with swimming advisories.

The site’s Beach Monitoring System has permanent advisories along the Myrtle Beach coast that suggest not swimming 200 ft near signs after rainfall or when water is running from the pipes.

The site goes on to say if the ETCOC, or bacteria levels, measure above 104 they do not advise swimming.

Most recently, the highest level of bacteria was 909; that is almost ten times the recommend amount.

Those levels were recorded on April 23rd at Withers Swash.

Near 4th avenue North, where the outfall project will be built, the most recent highest level of bacteria was 132 recorded on March 19th.

Some beaches along the Myrtle Beach coastline have not registered at 104 or close to those levels for the entire year.

For more information go to: http://gisweb01.dhec.sc.gov/wsBeachAdvisory/Index.html

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