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No changes for Kershaw County waterway buffer zones
Water Buffers
Milt Marley spoke to the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday imploring the commissioners not to change the current water quality buffer zones put in effect in 2010. Although Marley lives in Fairfield County on the north end of Lake Wateree, he said environmental regulations are crucial to everyone in the region. Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Director Carolyn Hammond looks on in the background. - photo by Gary Phillips
Regulations on property “buffer zones” between homes and businesses and waterways in Kershaw County will remain unchanged after a unanimous 5-0 vote by the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday. The current buffer zone requirements have been in effect since 2010 and prohibit construction within a specified distance from a lake, river or other waterway. The buffer zones are said to provide a filter for runoff water before it reaches the waterway, thus reducing erosion and pollutants from getting into the water.