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City of Myrtle Beach earns "excellent" rating for 4th Avenue North Deepwater Ocean Outfall

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Myrtle Beach for its Fourth Avenue North Deepwater Ocean Outfall Project. The EPA’s “Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES)” program acknowledges innovation in clean water infrastructure. The city... received an excellent rating for the project, which includes pre-cast concrete pipes that extend 1,400 feet into the ocean and tie into a stormwater collection system constructed beneath a pedestrian boardwalk adjacent to the beach.

The City of Myrtle Beach has completed four deepwater outfall projects since the early 2000s. Each project had a hefty price tag, ranging from $6 million to $20 million. As the EPA notes in its report, the beaches are more aesthetically pleasing and the water quality is better because the project eliminates the need for above-ground pipes that once ran across the beach and emptied stormwater into the ocean. In all, Myrtle Beach has spent nearly $75 million on four ocean outfall projects.

See the EPA release at https://ria.sc.gov/casestudy/city-of-myrtle-beach/.