Ocean & Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)
The DHEC Office of Ocean and Coastal
Resource Management protects and enhances the state's coastal resources
by preserving sensitive and fragile areas while promoting responsible
development in the eight coastal counties of South Carolina.
DHEC-OCRM Program Goals and Objectives:
- Implement the Coastal Zone Management Program to manage wetland alterations,
stormwater and land disturbance activities, certify all federal and
state permits and direct federal actions and all alterations of tidally
influenced critical area lands, waters and beaches.
- Preserve sensitive natural, historic and cultural resources through
regulatory oversight and guidance.
- Provide technical expertise to resolve complex coastal management
- Encourage low impact and alternative development to preserve water
quality and environmental integrity.
Please learn more about our regulatory, policy and planning activities by using the navigation to the left.
The Coastal Zone (tan) is comprised of coastal
waters and submerged bottoms seaward to the state's jurisdictional
line as well as the lands and waters of the eight coastal counties.
The Critical Area (red) is defined as all tidelands, coastal waters,
beaches and oceanfront sand dune systems.