Below are the abridged Environmental Committee Meeting Minutes from December 6, 2016:
Lake Dredging Project
Sediment was removed as well as over 50 trees downed by the hurricane. In addition, SIPOA made selective cuttings from lake banks.
There was a discussion about extreme cuttings around Mallard Lake. Wildlife corridors are an integral part of our island for acetic and environmental purposes. It was suggested that the SIPOA guidelines coincide with those of the ARC.
There was a distinct reduction of wild turkey sightings since Thanksgiving. And, a few rabbits have been seen on the island.
The trails are in good shape. A section of Bobcat Dune Trail boardwalk has been repaired and is now level. Signage priority for 2017 will be dolphin, turtle photos and informational signs.
OCS Resource Development
As previously reported, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) had announced on March 15 that there would be no lease sales in the Mid-and South Atlantic program area.
Community meeting #2 is scheduled for Thursday, December 8 at Oyster Catcher Community Center at 5:00 PM. Focus areas to be discussed include Housing, Recreation and Infrastructure.
There was a discussion on the value of inventories to help hatchlings to the water that had not made it out of the nest.
Surveys have been completed. There was no need to take deer this year as the herd was below maximum level.
The signage buoys will be returned to the water with stronger anchoring. Piping Plovers will be counted soon. Dog regulation signs will be replaced on North Beach.
Palmetto Lake Fish Toxicity Test
The lake fish (bass, brim and catfish) were tested for 10 different metals including mercury. Low levels of mercury were found but no detectable levels of other metals.
Palmetto Lake Fishing Dock
There was a discussion on a proposed dock for the lake to keep people from fishing too close to the banks where alligators might approach fishing activity. The committee discussed a t-shaped dock with regulation height for railing and a width to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
Submitted by Jane Marvin