Purpose of Survey

The Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments in partnership with North Myrtle Beach and Horry County are developing a watershed plan for Hog Inlet and Dunn Sound Creek. A watershed is an area of land that drains water, sediment, and other materials to a common outlet or body of water. The watershed focus area for this plan includes, Cherry Grove Beach, Waties Island, Little River Neck, the Sea Mountain Highway corridor, Tidewater Plantation, and Surf Golf and Beach Club. A map of this watershed area can be found on the Waccamaw Regional COG Water Quality Planning website. 

The primary water quality issue of concern for this planning effort is bacteria. SC DHEC monitoring results indicate that water samples exceed the standard for fecal coliform bacteria, requiring the agency to restrict shellfish harvesting in the inlet. Note that the regulations apply specifically to shellfish harvesting and do not imply that the water quality is unsafe for other uses such as swimming and incidental contact from fishing or boating.

Collaboration between local governments, state agencies, local businesses, visitors, and residents is important for successful implementation of this watershed plan. As a water quality stakeholder your input is extremely useful to our planning team. The survey is intended to garner information regarding local knowledge and perceptions on water quality in Hog Inlet and Dunn Sound Creek.

Thanks for taking the time to complete the survey and for making a difference in your watershed. The survey will close on June 1, 2016

Project updates and announcements are available on the Waccamaw Regional COG website at http://wrcog.org/transportation-planning/air-quality-coalition/

If you have any questions about this survey or anything regarding this watershed planning project please contact Daniel Newquist, Environmental Planner- dnewquist@wrcog.org or 843-436-6131

* 1. What is your connection to the Hog Inlet- Dunn Sound Creek Watershed? Select most applicable option

* 2. What portion of the watershed are you most familiar with? See the  Waccamaw Regional COG Water Quality Planning webpage for a map of the Hog Inlet- Dunn Sound Creek watershed.

* 3. How long have you been living in, working in, and/or visiting the watershed?

* 4. From your perspective, have water quality conditions changed over the past decade (or since the time you moved to or began working in/visiting the watershed if less than 10 years)

* 5. Consider the following potential sources of bacteria. Please rank them from 1 through 8 with 1 being the biggest potential source of bacteria and 8 being the smallest potential source of bacteria affecting water quality in Hog Inlet and Dunn Sound Creek.

* 6. In the past year have you observed or noticed the presence of any of the following in our local waterways? Mark one for each category

  Frequently Occasionally Never
Severe erosion or cloudy water
Fish kills
Algae blooms (green water surface)
Oil or gas sheen
Raw sewage

* 7. If you are a property owner within the watershed indicate your willingness to implement one or more stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control rain runoff on your property. Common individual property scale BMPs include Rain Barrels, Pervious Pavement, Rain Gardens, and Vegetated Buffers.

* 8. Indicate whether you would support the following community scale initiatives

  Very Supportive Supportive Unsure/need more information Neither supportive or unsupportive Unsupportive Very unsupportive
Septic System Repair or Replacement
Sewer Service Extension
Oyster Reef Restoration
Pervious pavement installation in public parking lots
Public outreach campaign
Stormwater infrastructure projects (i.e. Constructed wetlands, floating treatment wetlands, stormdrain filters)
Urban forestry initiatives- tree planting and shoreline buffer establishment
Regulatory mechanisms (i.e. zoning overlay district)

* 9. How did you become aware of the Hog Inlet-Dunn Sound Creek watershed planning project (check all that apply)

* 10. In the section below, please share any concerns, ideas, and additional feedback you have on water quality related issues in the Hog Inlet- Dunn Sound Creek watershed that you would like to share with the planning team.