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South Carolina Coastal Wetland Impoundments: Ecological Characterization, Management, Status, and Use – Volume 1: Executive Summary (1987)

When several landowners requested permits to repair coastal impoundment dikes in the 1980s, state environmental regulators recognized how little they knew about these specialized, man-made ecosystems built for rice production a century earlier. They wanted to know how many of the dike-and-trunk systems were functional, how best to manage them, and how they affected marine life and estuarine functions. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium funded the Coastal Wetland Impoundment Project to come up with answers.