CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – If you’ve driven over the Ravenel Bridge lately, it’s likely you’ve noticed work crews and heavy machinery at work below the bridge on Drum Island.
The work is part of a marsh restoration project headed by the South Carolina Ports Authority.
It will restore 22 acres of salt marsh that was long used as a dump site for dredging projects in the harbor.
We spoke with Ports Authority permitting manager Mark Messersmith who says salt marshes are beneficial for the area.
“The salt marshes are sort of the interface between the ocean and the uplands,” he said. “They provide a lot of habitat for marine life, they provide wave dissipation, and they provide a lot of nutrient uptake so they are very good for water quality in the harbor.”
The Drum Island Restoration Project is expected to be completed by the end of June.