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ACSEC E-Newsletter

Spring 2018

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Create Your Own Carolina Yard!

Build Your Own Rain Garden!

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Residential Rainwater Harvesting Manual

Coast a Syst Cover

Coastal Friendly Living Guide and Links to other SC Sea Grant Publications

Tidal Creek Cover
This booklet explores tidal creek ecosystems and the various threats to the valuable services they provide

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Guide for Community Associations

Shorescaping Along Ponds

Tidal Creek Buffers

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Home and Garden 

Information Center


Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector

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Carolina Clear w/tag

Free for Teachers:  

Watershed Lessons and Interactive Whiteboard Activities


SC Green Steps Program



Disposing of Household Waste

Berkeley County


 Charleston County 


Dorchester County


Interactive Maps


Training Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
Litter Sweeps
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Beach Sweep/River Sweep logo
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KAB Affiliates
Storm Drain Marking
Storm Drain Marker
Mark Storm Drains In Your Neighborhood and Promote Awareness that Storm Drains and Ditches Connect to SC's Waterways
   Oyster Reef Restoration and Water Quality Monitoring 
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SCORE Program

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Top Pic: Spring 2018 Agricultural Water Use Survey

Clemson University Cooperative Extension's Agricultural Use Water Survey took place across the state this spring. Clemson Extension staff visited small and large farms alike to better understand water use for South Carolina's agricultural needs. Pictured here are Extension Agents Zack Snipes and Guinn Wallover talking with a local farmer. To learn more about the Ag Use Water Survey, visit HERE.  
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6th Annual Ivy Rain Barrel Sale
Don't Miss Out; Sale Ends May 27th! 

The annual Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium IVY rain barrel sale is going on now! The 2018 pickup information is as follows:
  • Friday June 1, 2018, 4-6pm at Gahagan Park in Summerville.
  • Saturday June 2, 2018, 9-11:30am at the Charleston County Government Building in North Charleston. 
Ivy rain barrels are discounted nearly 50% as part of this unique offering.

TO BUY: Learn more about the IVY rain barrel and purchase yours today at https://www.rainwatersolutions.com/products/acsec-ivy

Special thanks to the Town of Summerville & Charleston County Government for providing pickup locations.
Healthy Pond Series
June 13, 2018

Pond problems? Join us at our next workshop in a new series for pond owners, HOA groups and residents grappling with stormwater pond management decisions. As part of our Healthy Pond Series, maintenance topics will be highlighted at events throughout the year; programs will provide guidance from experts as well as an opportunity for pond owner networking and community idea sharing.

This fourth workshop, to be held on June 13, 2018, will be one in a series on shoreline erosion and management topics. Registration will open soon. For more information or to be added to the Healthy Pond Series listserv, please email Guinn Wallover.

This series is offered in partnership between the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Clemson Extension Service, and the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program.

Volunteers Needed! Oyster Reef Build
June 15, 2018
SCDNR's South Carolina Oyster Restoration & Enhancement (SCORE) program is teaming up with the Charleston Surfrider Foundation, Folly Green and the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium to offer a summer oyster reef build. This unique volunteer opportunity will take place at the Folly Boat landing (Folly Beach) on June 15th from 3pm to 5pm. Event is free but registration is required. Help give back to your local waterways that will provide so much fun for you and your family this summer! 
Learn more and register HERE


From Seeds to Shoreline Teacher Workshops 
August 8 & August 9, 2018
Deadline to Register June 30! 
"From Seeds to Shoreline" (S2S) is led by SC Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with SC Department of Natural Resources & Clemson Cooperative Extension. Through S2S students actively participate in a salt marsh restoration effort by collecting, storing, germinating and eventually planting Spartina alterniflora in a South Carolina salt marsh. Teachers interested in participating in S2S must attend a teacher training. Registration for the one-day trainings are free but advanced registration is required. Deadline to register is June 30, 2018.

New Teacher Training
Date: August 8, 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: SCDNR, Marine Resources Division, James Island, SC

Veteran Teacher Workshop
Date: August 9, 2018 
Time:10am - 4pm
Location: Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge, Bluffton, SC
Learn more and register HERE. Questions can be directed to E.V. Bell
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Master Rain Gardener



This spring, Clemson Extension hosted " Master Rain Gardener, " a new  online and field-based certification program  focused on rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and installation. To learn more, watch this short video highlighting the field day installation on April 26 at the Medway Community Garden on James Island, or visit  clemson.edu/raingarden. Any questions can be directed to Kim Morganello.  

Master Pond Manager


The Spring 2018 Master Pond Manager class included more than 30 participants from across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama and representing pond owners, pond management professionals, and city and county staff. The ten-week course ended in a series of two field days in Charleston, SC hosted at the Charleston County Public Services Building and the College of Charleston's Dixie Plantation. As part of the Stormwater Pond Management Field Day, participants helped to install a floating wetland and shoreline planting project at the Charleston County site.

To find out more information on Master Pond Manager, please visit:

Certificate in Native Plant Studies

Two Lowcountry course offerings: Sustainable Landscape Design taught on March 23 by Clemson Extension and Thomas & Hutton (photo on left); and Birding and Botanizing at the Francis Bielder taught by Audubon South Carolina on April 19 (photo on right).

From Seeds to Shoreline Restoration Days

Students from across the Lowcountry participated in "From Seeds to Shoreline" Restoration Days this spring. As part of this effort, these students actively participated in a wetland restoration effort by planting Spartina alterniflora in the salt marsh. 

Cistern Installation at the College of Charleston
On April 13th, College of Charleston students and faculty worked together to install a 500 gallon rainwater harvesting system on CofC's downtown campus. 


Thank you! for reading this edition of the Ripple Effect, the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC) E-newsletter. Like ripples on the water, we hope you will pass on your knowledge, and this newsletter, to others. 

Thank You!
for protecting SC's water resources!
Storm Drains and Ditches Lead to SC Waterways

The ACSEC is a regional partnership between counties, municipalities, universities, state and local agencies, non-profits and other organizations in the Tri-County region. 
The ACSEC mission: Improve water quality within the Ashley and Cooper River basins by providing educational opportunities on stormwater impacts and our community roles in supporting healthy, fishable, and swimmable waterways. 
Thank You!

For Protecting South Carolina's Waterways 


Have a workshop or event request, or just want to know more? Please contact us!
Water Resources Extension Agent
Guinn Wallover
Water Resources Extension Agent

Clemson University  Cooperative  Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages,  regardless  of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.