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ACSEC E-Newsletter

January/February 2017

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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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Top Pic: Rain Gardens for the Home Landscape Workshop
"Rain Gardens for the Home Landscape" workshop took place on November 21st at the Hanahan Library and Keep Hanahan Beautiful Pollinator Garden in Berkeley County. Participants visited a demonstration rain garden to learn about site assessment and used hands-on activities to learn about best practices for rain garden design. 
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Tip of the Month:
Gutters Not Necessary for Rainwater Collection

During a one inch rainfall, over a half of a gallon of water flows off of each square foot of roof surface area. To put this in perspective, during a one inch rainfall, a 1000 square foot roof sheds over 600 gallons of water! No gutters, no problem! An average sized rain barrel is 50 to 75 gallons and the use of gutters may not be necessary to direct water towards your rain barrel.  Go outside when it rains and watch where water collects and flows off, typically at the corners of the roof. This may be an ideal place for a rain barrel. Learn more with these Clemson Extension and Carolina Clear Resources:

Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners
HGIC 1728 Best Practices for Application of Harvested Rainwater on Edibles
HGIC 1729 Rainwater Harvesting Systems Guidance for Schoolyard Applications
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New Resource
South Carolina Rain Garden Manual

The 2016 Clemson Extension "A Guide to Rain Gardens in South Carolina" manual is now ready! This new resource provides step-by-step information on rain garden design and installation. Download a free copy HERE or email Kim Morganello to find out how to obtain a hard copy. 
New Resource
Salt Marsh Guide

South Carolina is home to approximately 350,000 acres of salt marsh and tidal creeks. The salt marsh-tidal creek ecosystem is one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, providing nursery grounds for many species of birds and fish as well as vital wildlife habitat. The newly published "Guide to the Salt Marshes and Tidal Creeks of the Southeastern United States" is now available online. Click HERE to view this species identification guide, as well as learn more about tidal marsh history and culture, ecosystem services, threats and ways in which we can all help protect. 


Publication was made possible in partnership by the Environmental Protection Agency, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Sea Grant Consortium, ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center and Clemson Extension Service. 
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Enviroscape Teacher Training
February 15, 2017

EnviroscapeĀ© Teacher Training
When: February 15, 2017 
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM 
Where: Clemson Extension Office, Charleston 29401
The EnviroscapeĀ© is an engaging, hands-on tool designed to educate students about watersheds, the impacts of runoff and pollution, and the importance of ecosystems such as the salt marsh. The SC Sea Grant Consortium and  Clemson Extension have EnviroscapeĀ© models available for FREE check out throughout the year! Come join us as we host a short, 2-hour training to demonstrate how to use the model and ways to align the information to state science standards. This session is free; click HERE to register.  

Contact E.V. Bell with questions. 

Silt Fence & Beyond: 
Erosion and Sediment Control Best Practices Workshop
February 16, 2017

Attention contractors, inspectors and regulators!   The Silt Fence & Beyond Workshop will provide information on saving time and money on job sites through proper selection, installation, and maintenance of construction BMPs. The workshop will cover topics including establishing vegetative cover, hydromulching, erosion control blankets, turf reinforcement mats and more.  

Date: Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
Location: USDA Vegetable Lab, 2700 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, 29414
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: $35 includes lunch and training materials, PDHs/CEUs available
Learn more and register:  HERE
Questions? Email Guinn Wallover
Note- This workshop should not be confused with the CEPSCI certification program. This is not an inspector certification program. 

Turf School
February 23, 2017
Attend Clemson Extension's 2017 Turf School to learn about the following topics: 
  • Irrigation Water Quality Influences
  • Pesticide Efficacy
  • Management of Turfgrass Insects
  • Disease Management in Lawns
  • Turf Grass Fertilizers and Management
  • Successful Lawn Weed Management Strategies
When: February 23rd, 2017 
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm 
Where: UDSA Charleston, SC 2700 Savannah Highway 29414  
Cost: $75-includes lunch and 3 Pesticide Credits 

Learn more and register HERE. Please contact Zack Snipes with questions. 
Category 5 Pesticide Applicator Training Workshop
March 14, 2017
Looking for continuing credit hours for your pesticide license? Or, looking to become licensed for aquatic pesticide application? Join Clemson Extension at the March 14th Category 5 Pesticide Applicator training in North Charleston. This training will provide information on integrated aquatic plant management techniques, pesticide application and calibration, as well as weed ID tips and information on tough-to-tackle management.

For more information, please email Guinn Wallover.

Spring 2017: Master Pond Manager and 
Post-Construction BMP Inspector Course

Registration will open soon for the Spring 2017 sessions of the Post-Construction Stormwater BMP Inspector course and the Master Pond Manager program. The courses are taught through an online classroom and in-person field days to allow self-paced learning, and hands-on application of best practices.

The Post-Construction Stormwater BMP Inspector course will start in late April, with a field day hosted June 1 at the Furman University campus in Greenville, SC.

The Master Pond Manager course will start March 22, with field days hosted in the Beaufort County area May 11 and 12.

Both courses are offered through partnership between Clemson Extension, Clemson Online, and the Center for Watershed Excellence.

To find out more information, visit: www.clemson.edu/watershed/training.

You can be added to the course newsletters to be notified of registration by emailing Guinn Wallover.
"From Seeds to Shoreline" (R)  
 Summer Teacher Workshops
S2S Teacher Workshop

Led by SC Sea Grant Consortium and offered in partnership with SC Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Extension, "From Seeds to Shoreline" (R) is a school program aimed at engaging students in hands-on education that includes seed collection, germination, cultivation and planting of Spartina alterniflora, the dominant plant in a SC Salt marsh.  Two teacher workshops will be offered in summer 2017 for teachers interested in getting their students involved and participating in the program. 

New Teachers: August 2, 2017 at Fort Johnson Marine Center, James Island
Returning Teachers: August 3, 2017 at Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown

Registration open this spring. Please contact E.V. Bell with questions. 

4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways"
Summer Camp Save-the-Date

Save-the-date! Clemson Extension's 4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" will host two camp sessions in the Charleston Region this summer: June 12 to 16, 2017 and July 24 to 28, 2017. Registration to open March 1st. Please direct questions to Jenn Scales, Clemson Extension 4-H Agent. 


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.