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ACSEC E-Newsletter

May/June 2017

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Create Your Own Carolina Yard!

Build Your Own Rain Garden!

rain barrel manuel
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

Clean Marina Logo/Flag

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
Adopt a Highway logo 
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: Vegetative Buffer Planting Along the Folly River

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped establish a vegetative buffer along the Folly River in celebration of Earth Day!  Volunteers represented diverse groups including Turn of River condominums, Tri-County Master Gardeners Association, Folly Green & Surfrider Foundation! This vegetative buffer will function to protect downstream water quality by slowing stormwater runoff and trapping pollutants. Learn more about tidal creek buffers HERE.

Tip of the Month: Capture the Rain!
Install a rain barrel and capture the rain! 
  • For every square foot of roof area, over 6/10'ths of a gallon will run off of your roof per one inch of rainfall. To put this in perspective, a 1000 square foot roof area can yield over 600 gallons of water when it rains one inch! 
  • Once your rain barrel is installed, rainwater is a FREE source of water.
  • Rainwater harvesting helps protect downstream water quality by reducing the amount of water that becomes stormwater runoff. 
  • Harvested rainwater can be used for a variety of non-potable uses including landscaping, irrigation of container plants, wildlife watering areas and more. 
  • Learn more about designing a rainwater harvesting system HERE
Keep reading to learn about the 5th annual ACSEC IVY rain barrel sale going on now! 
New  Resource
South Carolina Rain Garden Tracker

Have a rain garden you would like to showcase? We would love to hear about it! Visit the South Carolina Rain Garden Tracker HERE or by visiting the Carolina Rain Garden Initiative website. All rain gardens entered earn a FREE rain gauge as a Thank You for being a watershed steward. 

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Rainwater Catchment Accredited Professional Workshop, June 7-9, 2017
Interested in learning about large-scale rainwater harvesting systems? On June 7-8th, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) is partnering with Clemson Extension to offer the Rainwater Catchment Accredited Professional Workshop at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston. On June 9th, an optional field tour will be hosted in partnership with SC Department of Natural Resources & Clemson Extension at the Fort Johnson Marine Center on James Island. To register and learn more, visit arcsa.org or email Kim Morganello

2017 IVY Rain Barrel Sale
Going on Now!
IVY rain barrels are made in the USA out of 100% recycled plastic, holds 50 gallons and comes with everything you need to start harvesting rainwater! 

*Ivy Rain Barrel Sale Special Price is $68.00
(Normal Retail Price is $129.00)
Purchase a rain barrel HERE.
Deadline to pre-order: Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:00PM
Choose Your Pickup Location:
  • June 9th at Gahagan Park in Summerville
  • June 10th at the Charleston County Public Services Building in North Charleston

"From Seeds to Shoreline" ┬« 
 New and Returning Teacher Workshops:
Registration Open!

Is your school interested in becoming involved in South Carolina's only student-driven salt marsh restoration program? The From Seeds to Shoreline┬« (S2S) program is coordinated by the SC Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with the SC Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Extension and provides students and teachers the opportunity to cultivate and transplant Spartina altneriflora along the coast. To learn more about the program, please visit HERE
  • New Teacher S2S Training: This training is a pre-requisite to participate in the program during the 2017-2018 school year. Please register HERE.
  • Returning Teacher S2S Training: This refresher teacher training is for teachers who have been with the S2S program at least one full school year in the past. Please register HERE.

4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways"
June 12-16, 2017
July 24-28, 2017

Limited spots still open! Register today for Clemson Extension's 4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" summer camp. Choose from two camp sessions in the Charleston Region: June 12-16, 2017 and July 24-28, 2017. In this camp, we will explore our Lowcountry watershed from cypress swamps to barrier islands, meeting new friends along the way with activities including kayaking, seining, water quality monitoring, birding, fishing, and more!  For more information and to register visit HERE.

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.