Myrtle Beach tackles Stormwater Master Plan to address beach bacteria spikes

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David Hucks
David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Stormwater Master Plan implemented by Myrtle Beach City Council

Myrtle Beach City Council is aggressively taking on the issue of Beach Bacteria spikes and other stormwater events happening inside the city limits.

Myrtle Beach City Council heard and asked questions about the Stormwater Master Plan presentation from WK Dickson yesterday. WK Dickson has been hired to provide solutions city-wide that include eliminating beach bacteria spikes that run (on the beachfront) up to 96 times above acceptable levels after rain events.

W. K. Dickson’s master plan looks at water quality and the runoff effects of urbanization, and opportunities to remove pollutants and reduce flood risk in a cost-effective manner.

These bacteria spikes tarnished the town’s brand image now for a decade. Strategies are now in place to put these spikes and other issues in the city’s past.

Additionally, with a $54 million tax paid advertising budget, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce needs these improvements to solidify the brand to markets where they promote.

Tuesday May 23rd 2017 reading. 44 times above the safe limit

Incorporated in 1929, WK Dickson is a versatile consulting firm that focuses on community infrastructure solutions. The company provides such support as airport planning and design, environmental and water resources engineering, land planning and development, and energy support services.

While based in Charlotte, NC, WK Dickson has expanded to include twelve regional offices strategically positioned across the Southeastern United States. These offices are located in Charlotte, Hickory, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC; Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC; Augusta and Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN; and Blacksburg, VA.

Strategies from the WK Dickson team can be heard on the video at the top of this article.

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