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ACSEC E-Newsletter

July/August 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

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: Storm Drain Mural Project at 
Sanders-Clyde Elementary School

The 4th graders at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School participated in one week of curriculum focused on stormwater education and environmental stewardship. The week resulted in this beautiful storm drain mural art project with an important message: Our storm drains lead to local waterways! The project was offered in partnership with Sanders Clyde Elementary School; the City of Charleston, a local non-profit Enough Pie, local artists, the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium and Clemson Extension's Carolina Clear program.
Tip of the Month: Septic Smart Week

Ode to the Septic Tank

All of us with septic tanks
Give to you our heartfelt thanks
For putting nothing in the sink or pot
That isn't guaranteed to rot

Kleenex is bad, cigarettes and coffee grinds are too
Wet wipes and cooking grease are taboo!
So, with your kind cooperation
We'll keep our tank in operation.

(And, if you think these rules don't apply to you,
remember they're used for the sewer system, too!)

September 18-22, 2017 is Septic Smart Week! For more tips on use and maintenance of septic tank systems, visit: https://www.epa.gov/septic.

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CORE, Cat. 3 and Cat. 7 Pesticide Applicator Training
August 22, 2017
Clemson Extension will be hosting a CORE, Category 3 and 7A Prep Course to help pesticide applicators prepare for licensing exams.  The training will be held at the USDA Vegetable Lab (2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston) on Tuesday, August 22nd  beginning at 9 am. The cost of the training is $100 payable by check or online. Lunch is provided. Learn more and register HERE

Healthy Pond Series
September 14, 2017

Pond problems? Join us as we kick off 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 networking and community idea sharing. Details on our first session:

Topic: Making Sense of Pond Design and Drawings
Date: September 14, 2017
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: Warren Lasch Conservation Center 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.

Post-Construction BMP Inspector Course & 
Master Pond Manager Course
Registration  for Fall Classes Open Now!
Post-Construction BMP Inspector
Register now for the Fall 2017 offering of the Clemson Post-Construction BMP Inspector course! The online course runs from mid-September through the end of October, and there is an in-person field day on 10/25/2017 at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC.
The purpose of the program is to train professionals in methods and strategies for conducting inspections and performing maintenance on post-construction stormwater management practices. Topics covered include wet and dry ponds, stormwater wetlands, bioretention and infiltration practices, manufactured devices, swales and buffers, permeable materials, rainwater harvesting, and others.
Master Pond Manager

Registration is now open  for the Fall 2017 offering of the Master Pond Manager course! The online course runs from mid-September through early November, with in-person field days in the Sumter, SC area on November 1st and/or 2nd, depending on the course track you choose.

The   Master Pond Manager   professional training course is designed to teach participants a wide range of pond management knowledge and skills. Participants have the option to focus on stormwater or recreational ponds, or seek certification as a Master Pond Manager in both. Master Pond Manager is a hybrid course that combines online and face-to-face learning, blending self-paced lectures, videos, discussion, and quizzes, with hands-on activities in the field.

To learn more and register,   visit the course page.

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 (includes two registrations)

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.
Coastal Futures Forum
October 20-21, 2017

Are you a resident in a coastal county in South Carolina? Do you have opinions on coastal issues facing South Carolina or want to learn more? Researchers are testing a deliberative forum for residents to discuss priorities for our coastal future. Join the upcoming fall event, Our Coastal Future Forum. We are seeking a variety of viewpoints for the discussion! Stipends are provided for participation. Food will also be provided. 

When: Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21
Where: Trident Technical College, North Charleston, SC
How: Apply today by sending an email to OCFF@scseagrant.org
or call 843-853-2081

*Money provided for participation and travel

Request a Stormwater Education Program!
Attention Teachers! The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium offers FREE stormwater education programs for youth and classrooms 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 

Berkeley Kids Who Care Event SDM 

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Participants in Clemson Extension's Master Pond Manager spring 2017 course tour Spring Island to learn about managing aquatic weeds and fish in ponds. 

Participants in Clemson's Post Construction BMP Inspection Course walk through a bioretention cell at Furman University.

Volunteers from the Tri-County Master Gardeners Association load rain barrels and talk to members of the public about rainwater harvesting at the 5th Annual ACSEC Ivy Rain Barrel Sale (over 350 rain barrels were sold)!

4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" Summer Camp youth participants dissect sharks to learn more about these animals and the important role they play in our local watershed ecology. 


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.