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ACSEC E-Newsletter

Summer 2018

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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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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: Summer 2018 4-H2O Summer Camp
 "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" 

Clemson Extension's 4-H2O summer campers explore Capers Island as part of their watershed journey. The 4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" summer camp is made possible by a host of partners including SC Sea Grant Consortium, SCDNR, Old Santee Canal Park, US Fish & Wildlife, CCPRC, Barrier Island Ecotours and more.  
Clemson Extension Stakeholder Survey
In an effort to determine our strengths and weaknesses in meeting the Extension mission and improve upon future services, we are asking Stakeholders to complete a survey. It is important that we receive as many survey responses as possible to ensure representation across the state. The survey should take 15 minutes or less for participants to complete. We are asking that all surveys be completed by August 24, 2018. Thank you for your consideration!
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Healthy Pond Series
September 12, 2018
   To register for the morning session, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ybfgdc7y
To register for the afternoon session, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7672sh8

If you would like to be added to the Healthy Pond Series listserv, please email Guinn Wallover.
Volunteers Needed! Beach Sweep River Sweep
September 15, 2018

Join thousands of fellow South Carolinians in the largest one-day volunteer cleanup event of it's kind!  Beach Sweep/River Sweep occurs from 9am to noon on the 3rd Saturday in September every year since 1998.  This effort is organized by S. C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources to clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps of litter. To find a site near year and see results from past efforts visit SC SeaGrant or SCDNR

Photo by Susan Ferris Hill
Master Pond Manager
Fall 2018 Course Offering
Registration Closes August 22

Registration closes on August 22nd for the next offering of the Master Pond Manager course. This Clemson Extension program focuses on management strategies for stormwater and recreational ponds through an online classroom and hands-on field training. Participants can complete the full Master Pond Manager recognition training, or complete a Letter of Completion in Recreational or Stormwater Pond Management. Participants in the full Master Pond Manager course will receive three Category 5 pesticide CEC hours.
Class begins August 29th! Course content includes: 
  • Recreational Pond Design and Construction
  • Stormwater Pond Design, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Limnology and Water Quality
  • Integrated Aquatic Plant Management
  • Best Management Practices for Stormwater Ponds
  • Fish Management
 To learn more at to register click HERE

Master Rain Gardener
Fall 2018 Course Offering

Registration is now open for the fall offering of Clemson Extension's Master Rain Gardener program. This course is focused on rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and installation geared towards both professional and residential audiences.  The offering includes online and in-the-field components with the option of becoming a certified Master Rain Gardener. The fall 2018 field day will occur at the MUSC Urban Farm.  

To learn more and to register click HERE .  Don't miss out on the early bird registration discount offered until August 31! 
South Carolina Water Resources Conference
October 17-18, 2018
The South Carolina Water Resources Conference (SCWRC) provides an integrated forum for discussion of water policies, research projects and water management in order to prepare for and meet the growing challenge of providing water resources to sustain and grow South Carolina's economy, while preserving our natural resources. 

The SCWRC is a biannual conference that will occur this fall, October 17-18 at the Columbia Metropolitan Conference Center in Columbia, SC.  To learn more and to register click HERE
South Carolina Native Plant Week
October 13-20, 2018
Sparked by legislation drafted by Audubon South Carolina, the resolution for South Carolina Native Plant Week was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster in April 2018. This resolution recognizes the importance of native plants and permanently establishes the third week in October as Native Plant Week in South Carolina! In celebration of native plants; lectures, workshops, nature walks, plant sales and more will take place across South Carolina between October 13-20th, 2018.  To learn more visit Audubon South Carolina or SC Native Plant Society .  

And mark your calendars! The SC Native Plant Society lowcountry native plant sale will take place on October 20th at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. 

Charleston Area 
Stormwater Pond Management Conference
November 14, 2018

The Charleston Area Stormwater Pond Management Conference will take place on November 14th at Trident Technical College in North Charleston. This event is hosted by Clemson Extension, SC DNR, SC Sea Grant Consortium, ACE Basin NERR & the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium. Registration will open soon! Stay tuned at ashleycooper.org 
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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.