Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
- National HIV Testing Day is Tuesday, June 27, and organizations across the state, including DHEC’s Low Country Public Health Region, are are spreading the message: “Test Your Way. Do It Today.”
The [Minority AIDS Council] will be sponsoring a community forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Orangeburg. The program’s topic will be “Shining a Light on HIV/AIDS in the Tri-County.”
A discussion panel will include Shiheda Furse, community manager at HopeHealth, which provides outpatient treatment and care for people with HIV/AIDS living in the tri-county region; MAC member and HIV advocate Pat Kelly and the Rev. Todd A. Brown, pastor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Wilhemina Dixon, a Barnwell County woman whose story of resilience after both her daughter and her granddaughter were diagnosed with AIDS became the subject of a PBS documentary, will also be a panelist.
Brown said he hopes the forum will bring about change, particularly within the African-American community, where HIV/AIDS infection rates are the highest.
- South Carolina’s new Adopt-a-Stream program is looking for volunteers.
Worried about the water in a nearby river? You can do something about it.
Adopt-A-Stream is looking for volunteers to document river conditions monthly and alert regulators of changing water quality or illegal discharges. Volunteers will be trained in classes and given a website to work from.
They will collect visual, chemical, bacteria and macroinvertebrate samples. Macroinvertebrates are creatures without backbones, including bugs, mollusks and crustaceans.
- Low Country resident Steve Williams is helping shape new wetlands near Murrells Inlet.
Some new wetlands should soon be taking root in Murrells Inlet.
The blankets of plants, including iris, sedge, spartina, black needlerush, soft-stem rush and yellow water canna, were installed at two sites June 14.
If things go according to plan, the plants will root in the pond soil and spread.
The manmade wetlands, both floating and nonfloating, are an outgrowth of the Murrells Inlet 2020 watershed plan, created to protect the inlet’s fragile marsh and shellfish beds.
- DHEC is working with North Augusta city officials to dispose of contaminated soil found at Riverside Park.
About a month ago, construction workers came across contaminated soil when they were moving dirt around center field.
“When they started digging they could even smell the fumes from it,” said City Administrator Todd Glover.
The future home of the Augusta GreenJackets used to be what we’ve come to know as an industrial park.
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