LCI has worked closely with the Town of Port Royal for the past few years to help protect a cypress wetland found in the downtown area. The wetland is unique in that there are few areas right along our coast that have freshwater cypress wetlands, and it also serves as a natural habitat to handle 80% of the stormwater runoff from downtown Port Royal. This is an extremely valuable ecosystem service as this prevents large volumes of freshwater from being discharged into the salt marsh all at one time. Rapid changes in salinity in the salt marsh can be detrimental to larval shrimp and crabs so it is important to protect our tidal creeks from rapid influxes of stormwater runoff. Please see the video below for a short tour of this new wetland park in downtown Port Royal.
Why do dark skies matter? Why is it important to be able to go outside, look up at the night sky, and see some of the 200 billion stars in our galaxy?
Not only does light pollution degrade the quality of our night skies, but it is harmful to many of the wildlife species that inhabit the lowcountry and beyond. Click below to watch a short video about light pollution and its effects. For more information about the importance of dark skies, visit the GLOBE at night website: http://www.globeatnight.org/