Please see below an article from our August newsletter:
We All Live Downstream: August is Water Quality Month
Water sustains all life. Entire ecosystems depend on it for their survival. Clemson University provides teaching, research, and Extension activities in water-based environmental and ecological sciences such as: watershed management, surface hydrology, groundwater dynamics, soil and water conservation, stormwater control, water quality protection, and numerous applied issues related to agricultural practices.
In recognition of National Water Quality Month, here are just a few of the water-based programs at Clemson University.
Center for Watershed Excellence works with local communities to identify watershed issues, develop site-based solutions toward economic and environmental sustainability, procure funding sources, and provide “one-stop-shop” watershed planning and management support within South Carolina.
Carolina Clear addresses the special significance of South Carolina’s water resources and the role they play in the state’s economy, environmental health, and overall quality of life.
The Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science conducts research and education programs focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of the coastal region of South Carolina for the betterment of the state’s citizens. The institute conducts research on more than 80,000 acres of coastal forest through public and private partnerships.
South Carolina Water Resources Center (SCWRC) operates as a catalyst for research and educational projects and programs across South Carolina. The Water Center serves as a conduit for information necessary in the resource management decision-making arena as well as the water policy arena of the state.
Intelligent River® develops and operates hydrological observation systems to support research and provide real-time monitoring, analysis and management of water resources in South Carolina.
Carolina Yards teaches the special knowledge and skills for successful gardening and lawn care in South Carolina. Carolina Yards helps you create attractive and healthy yards by working with South Carolina’s environment, rather than against it.
Water Runoff Management should be considered from day 1 of any nursery planning process. Waiting to plan for runoff is a costly mistake that will require a shutdown of large production areas and significant grading costs.
Managing Stormwater Ponds assists homeowners associations, community managers, and waterfront residents with choosing the best management options for maintaining their community’s stormwater ponds. This site is a diagnostic tool that provides recommendations for fixing and preventing common problems that develop as stormwater ponds age.
Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector (CEPSCI) Program educates field personnel on the proper installation, maintenance and inspection of erosion prevention and sediment control measures at construction sites. Preventing sediment-laden runoff not only protects our rivers, creeks and streams, but it is also a trademark of a quality construction project.
4-H2O is a hands-on science inquiry program that provides children and adults with knowledge about their local water resources and teaches them the field, analytical and critical thinking skills they need to intelligently participate in making decisions that affect the quality of these aquatic systems.
Constructed Wetlands are a “green” and cost effective treatment technology that nurseries can use to cleanse runoff water.
SC WaterWays Fact Sheets series looks specifically at South Carolina’s water resources and provides solutions to help improve water protection.
For more information, see the Water Resources Home page at Clemson University – http://www.clemson.edu/extension/water/