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March/April 2017

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Top Pic: Water Resources Team Retreat, Santee State Park

Members of the Clemson Extension Natural and Water Resources Team participated in a team retreat at the Santee State Park in February. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to share water resource efforts taking place across South Carolina.  
Tip of the Month: Be Septic Smart 
Use the following tips to keep your septic system performing at its best, protecting your home from stinky situations and keeping our water clean, too!
  • Have your tank inspected once per year by a professional, and pumped every 3-5 years, or as recommended. Keep a record of all inspections and maintenance performed. 
  • Avoid additives, which can re-suspend solids and lead to clogging of your drainage field.
  • Protect your drainage field from the impact of vehicles and trees. Don't allow the construction of any hard surfaces over your tank or field.
  • Keep an eye on what goes down your sink or toilet drain. Harsh chemicals, wipes, sanitary napkins, diapers, coffee grounds, and kitchen fats, oils and grease can all impact the function of your system.
  • Stagger your household water use to avoid overloading the tank.
For more tips and information, try the Clemson Extension and SC Sea Grant Consortium's "Coast-A-Syst" manual, available as a free download.
ACSEC Special Announcement:
ACSEC 2016 "Annual Report of Activities" is complete!

The ACSEC  Annual Report of Activities Year 8 is complete. This document showcases the public involvement and stormwater education opportunities that the ACSEC partners offered throughout 2016! Thank you to all involved with keeping our Lowcountry waterways fishable and swimmable for today and future generations. View the report HERE. 
ACSEC Special Announcement:
Welcoming Tranard Harvin!
New ACSEC Education Intern
Tranard Harvin pictured here visiting the green roof at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston. 

Tranard Harvin is a native of Lane, SC where he grew up in the small communities of Trio and Santee Suttons. He is the founding Executive Director of a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Low Country Youth Enhancement Program (LCYEP), which provides academic, agricultural, arts and youth empowerment services to families of Williamsburg County.  Tranard is currently enrolled in the College of Charleston's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and is extremely passionate about transforming the youth experience of rural communities worldwide. In his quest to aid youth of rural communities with the skills needed to become social change agents, Tranard continues to find new avenues that broaden his horizon of nonprofit operation and outreach. Tranard enjoys sharing his gift of music and poetry with others and his pieces often reflect his involvement in the social justice movement. 

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Plants for the Earth 
April 22, 2017
The Plants for the Earth event is an Earth Day celebration featuring garden lectures and Master Gardener plant sale. Details as follows:
Where: The Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center ("Clemson Farm") on Hwy 17 in West Ashley.
Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm

Plant sale opens at 10am with locally propagated plants grown by Master Gardeners!
Lecture lineup includes:
11am: "Native Plants for Lowcountry Gardens"
12pm: "Easy Plant Propagation with Herbs"
1pm: "Creating Pollinator Garden from the Ground Up"

Register Online  HERE.

Tri-County Master Gardeners propagating plants!
SC Native Plant Society: Lowcountry Chapter
Spring Plant Sale
March 25, 2017
The SCNPS native plant sale is a great place to purchase native plants that work to beautify your yard and support local biodiversity! The sale will take place in the parking lot of Charles Towne Landing (1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407) on March 25th. Sale lasts from 9am to Noon; SCNPS members start shopping at 8:30am. Check out the plant sale price list HERE and join the Facebook event to stay informed and invite your friends HERE

South Carolina Aquarium Plastic Pollution Summit
March 30. 2017

Plastic pollution is an ever-increasing problem in the natural environment and has far-reaching implications on water, wildlife, and human health. The SC Aquarium is hosting "Breaking Down Plastic," a global plastic summit at the Gaillard Center on Thursday, March 30th. This event will feature internationally recognized roster of presenters and leaders. The goal of the summit is to generate awareness around plastic pollution as well as to stimulate ideas to creatively address this issue. Learn more HERE.
Post-Construction BMP Inspection and Maintenance
Spring 2017 Course Registration Open!

Attention all stormwater professionals!  Clemson's POST-CONSTRUCTION BMP INSPECTOR Spring 2017 course is now open for registration.
This program is designed to train professionals in methods for inspecting post-construction stormwater best management practices (BMPs) including wet and dry detention basins, stormwater wetlands, bioretention and infiltration practices, manufactured devices, swales and buffers, permeable materials, rainwater harvesting, and others. 
This is a "hybrid" course blending online and face-to-face learning.  We combine self-paced online lectures, videos, discussion, and quizzes with in-person inspections in the field.
Registration is open until April 10th, or when the course fills.  The online course runs from 4/19/2017 to 6/9/2017; there is a required in-person field day on 6/1/2017 on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC.  This program may qualify for up to 15 Professional Development Hours.
Visit the course website to learn more and register.  
Community Fairs and Festivals
Spring 2017
Spring has sprung, and in the ACSEC this means the opportunity to attend a community-based fair or festival, many of which are themed around the Earth Day Celebration. Keep an eye out for our ACSEC booth at the following events. We hope to see you there!  

Berkeley County - Backyard Naturescope!
March 30-31, 2017 
Where: Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner

MUSC Earth Day
When: Wednesday, April 12th, 11AM to 2PM
Where: MUSC "Horseshoe", Charleston
Learn more  HERE.

Charleston County Earth Day Festival
When: Saturday, April 23, 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Where: Riverfront Park, North Charleston
Learn more  HERE.

"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"
Save the Date!

Clemson Extension's 4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" will host two camp sessions in the Charleston Region this summer: 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! Registration opens soon. 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.