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ACSEC E-Newsletter

September/October 2017

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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

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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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Free for Teachers:  

Watershed Lessons and Interactive Whiteboard Activities


SC Green Steps Program



Disposing of Household Waste

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Dorchester County


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Volunteer Opportunities
Litter Sweeps
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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: Healthy Pond Series Kick Off!

The "Healthy Pond Series" kicked off on September 14th at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston. Our first topic "Making Sense of Pond Design and Drawings" gave participants an opportunity to learn about pond drawings and the potential implications to pond management. Keep reading to learn more about the next "Healthy Pond Series" offering. 
Tip of the Month: Mulch Matters
As leaves begin to drop this fall, remember that mulching is one of the most important ways to maintain a healthy landscape. Mulching helps recycle yard debris such as leaves, twigs and other organic material. This will help retain nutrients and provide protection to roots. Mulching may reduce the need to fertilize and irrigate over time, thus good watershed stewardship! Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • Avoid piling mulch against stems and trunks.
  • Good practice to keep mulch 6-12 inches away from foundation of home.
  • Maintain a 2-3 inch depth of organic mulch over tree roots and plant beds.

Find out more information and tips on mulching at Clemson's Home and Garden Information Center: HGIC 1604 "Mulch".

Request a FREE
Stormwater & Watershed Youth Education Program!
The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium offers FREE stormwater & watershed education programs for community groups and students in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. We can help teach your students about watersheds and environmental stewardship with the following activities:
  • Enviroscape watershed model demonstration
  • Stormwater Jeopardy
  • Stormdrain marking activity
  • 4-H2O curriculum activities
Learn more and request a program by contacting Tranard Harvin at tharvin@clemson.edu 

Click HERE to watch a video from the storm drain mural project at Sanders Clyde Elementary School! 

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Native Plant Week!
October 14 to 21
The third week in October, October 16-20, 2017, has been declared by the South Carolina General Assembly as "South Carolina Native Plant Week" to recognize the importance of native plants to South Carolina's history, economy, landscape and environment. Thank you to our friends at SC Audubon for their hard work in getting native plant week designated. 
SC Audubon, SC Native Plants Society and partnering organizations are offering opportunities across the state during Native Plant Week. A few offerings in the Charleston region are as follows:

Pollinator Propagators Workshop and Volunteer Garden Installation
Date: Saturday, October 14 
Time: 9am to 11am
Location: The Bend, 3775 Azalea Drive, North Charleston, SC
Description: Participants will construct a native plant raised bed to support pollinators and birds. Attendees will receive a packet of native wildflower seeds to create their own pollinator garden and habitat at home.
Offered by The Bend, Audubon SC, SC Native Plants Society, Tri-County Master Gardeners Association & Clemson Extension.  

Rediscovering the Lowcountry Landscape in the Footsteps of Our Forebears
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Charles Towne Landing, Founders Hall 
Description: Join the Lowcountry Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society for a lecture by Dr. Richard Porcher, Author/Historian, and Celia Dailey, Author/Artist. Learn more HERE

Birding & Botanizing at Old Santee Canal Park
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 8:30am-10:30am
Location: Old Santee Canal Park
Description: Join Audubon staff for this special blend of birding and botanizing. This walk will be a combination of looking for birds and discussing why native plants help birds throughout the year, making it a perfect fit for birders, gardeners and other nature enthusiasts. Learn more HERE

Elliotborough Garden Party and Native Plant Celebration
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Elliotborough Community Garden, 128 Line Street, Charleston SC
Description: Join Audubon South Carolina and Charleston Audubon in Ellioborough Community Garden to view the newly installed native plant garden, bird  and bat boxes. Roots and Shoots Native Plant Nursery will be present with native plants for sale, Wild Birds Unlimited with bird and bat boxes, information from Clemson Extension and monarch tagging with Billy McCord. Learn more HERE

Pints for Plants 
Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Location: Holy City Brewing 
Description: A relaxing event to mix and mingle to celebrate the inaugural native plant week! Educational booths will be on site. 

SC Native Plants Society Lowcountry Fall Native Plant Sale
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 9am to noon 
Location: Charles Towne Landing
Description: This plant sale provides a great selection of native plants with many hard-to-find species including colorful perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns and edibles. Learn more HERE

More information on Native Plant Week offerings around the state can be found at scnps.org

Beaufort Area Stormwater Pond
Management Conference
October 19, 2017

The 2017 Beaufort Area Stormwater Pond Management Conference will provide a forum to give the latest information, resources and tools on stormwater pond management for the Lowcountry community.  The conference format is divided into two specialized tracks and designed for the pond owner or professional manager's needs. Continuing Education Credits available. Lunch provided. 

When: October 19, 2017
Where: USC Beaufort - Bluffton Campus
Bluffton, SC
Cost: Participant $40, Exhibitor $140
(exhibitor registration includes two participants)

Register: HERE

The Conference is offered in partnership between the Lowcountry Stormwater Partners, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Clemson Extension Service, the SC Sea Grant Consortium, the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program and Clemson Carolina Clear.
Shorescaping Workshop 
October 26, 2017

Date: October 26
Time: 1pm-4pm
Where: Charleston County Public Services Building
(4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC)
Cost: $10 includes refreshments and all materials
Description: Join us for this hands-on workshop focused on the design, installation and maintenance of shorescaping as a pond shoreline practice. We will highlight benefits of shorescaping, discuss plant selection and local case studies.
Register: Advanced registration is required. Register HERE.
Contact: cggarre@clemson.edu with questions. 

Rain Gardens for the Home Landscape  Workshop 
November 7, 2017
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Where: Hanahan Library in Hanahan, SC
Cost: $12 includes refreshments and a copy of the newly published "Guide to Rain Gardens in South Carolina."
Description: Join us for this hands-on workshop for home gardeners and residents who are interested in learning more about the design, installation and maintenance of rain gardens. This workshop includes a site visit and activities. We will highlight benefits of rain gardening, discuss plant selection and perform a site visit and hands-on activities. 
Register: Advanced registration is required. Register HERE.
Contact: kcounts@clemson with questions. 

Healthy Pond Series
November 29, 2017

Pond problems? Join us for our second offering 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. Details on our second session:

Topic: Pond Inspection 101
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: Charleston County Government Building in North Charleston, SC
Space is limited; advanced registration is required. 
Register HERE
Questions? 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, the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program.

CORE & Cat. 5 Pesticide Applicator Training
December 7, 2017
Clemson Extension will be hosting a CORE & Category 5 Pesticide Applicator Course.  The training will be held at the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Office in downtown Charleston on December 7, 2017.  Registration will open in early October, check ashleycooper.org or email cggarre@clemson.edu


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.