A Bluffton committee recommended curtailing boat traffic and enlisting the help of residents in its efforts to protect the May River.
Members of the May River Waterbody Implementation Committee -- made up of area scientists, local residents and business leaders -- said managing stormwater and septic systems near the river is the top priority for the committee.
The group also laid out action plans for subcommittees and appointed members.
Hank Johnston, Bluffton's former mayor, and Allen Ward, president of local engineering and surveying firm Ward Edwards, were among the appointees for the rules and regulations subcommittee, which is charged with establishing and coordinating consistent rules for stormwater management between the town and Beaufort County, the top goal of the committee.
The group established a subcommittee and set up broad goals in the hopes of establishing a no-wake zone near the All Joy boat landing and the Oyster Factory and coordinating with local police to enhance on-water enforcement of speed limits.
Members also hope to document the plants and animals of the May and coordinate with the county to preserve land next to the river, particularly in its headwaters.