Staff Report for The Island Eye News
On Friday, Jan. 25 The Coastal Conservation League was presented with a check for $50,000 from the Barrier Island Friends of Crab Bank, represented by Sullivan’s Island resident and Crab Bank advocate Rick Reed.
The dollars raised will go toward the much-publicized campaign to rebuild and restore Crab Bank, a critical bird nesting island in the heart of Charleston Harbor.
Federal funding through the Water Resources Development Act will help cover construction costs related to Crab Bank’s rebuild, and the dollars raised by the community will make the island’s restoration even better by advancing stabilization methods and providing additional monitoring.
Every donation has been vital to the campaign’s success and will be used to extend Crab Bank’s lifetime and create the best possible nesting habitat for South Carolina coastal birds. With the help of Reed and the Barrier Island Friends of Crab Bank, the goal of $1.5 million in matching funds was reached.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to award its contract for the Lower Harbor Deepening soon, at which point the final project cost and timeline for the island’s restoration in 2019 will be confirmed.