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News & Notes – Fall 2014
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VOLUME 28, NUMBER 4, FALL 2014             

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Taylor elected Consortium board chair

Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), has been elected as chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. Taylor will begin his one-year term on January 1, 2015.

“I look forward to my term as chairman of the S.C. Sea Grant Con­sortium,” said Taylor. “The Consortium’s work is important to our state, and it will be a pleasure to work with such an impressive board and outstanding staff.”

Taylor serves as the chief administrator for natural resources in the state with a staff of over 900 in numerous locations across South Carolina.

He graduated from Clemson Uni­versity in 1976 with a B.S. in zoology. He completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforce­ment Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia, in 1976, and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1977.

He began his career with the agency that year and progressed through the ranks serving as an officer, private first class, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and colonel, the agency’s law-enforcement chief. He is a certified SCUBA diver and for several years supervised the SCDNR Aquatic Investigations and Recovery Unit dive team.

“I very much look forward to working with Col. Taylor this coming year as chair of the Consortium’s Board of Directors,” said Rick DeVoe, executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. “His leadership and many years of experience working on natural resource and economic development issues in the state will be invaluable to the Consortium’s work in meeting the information needs of our diverse constituencies.”

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board are: Dr. David A. DeCenzo, current board chair and president of Coastal Carolina University; Dr. James B. Clements, president of Clemson University; Glenn F. McConnell, president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, executive director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Thomas J. Elzey, president of S.C. State University; Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.

LID manual now available

A new manual, Low Impact Development in Coastal South Carolina: A Planning and Design Guide, has recently been published. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Extension program, in partnership with the ACE Basin and North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) and the Center for Watershed Protection, developed the guide to assist coastal decision-makers with how to implement low impact development (LID) techniques in order to mitigate stormwater impacts. The project team organized three stakeholder workshops, two research “roundtables,” and contributed their own technical knowledge of LID practices to develop this comprehensive publication. The guide was made possible by a NERRS Science Collaborative grant.

The guide is specific to coastal South Carolina and contains five chapters which cover the following topics: Introduction to LID in Coastal S.C.; Strategies for Local Govern­ments; Conservation Principles and Neighborhood Site Design; Storm­water Best Management Practices (BMPs); and Local Case Studies. Also included are eight appendices, with information ranging from infiltration testing and soil compost amendment to coordinating erosion control and stormwater statutes and regulations. An extensive section of maintenance checklists is also provided, as well as an online compliance calculator tool useful for engineers to evaluate and predict stormwater runoff, determine the most effective BMPs for a given site, and how to decide if additional measures are needed to provide channel and flood protection for major rainfall events.

Visit to download the entire guide or individual chapters, as well as the compliance calculator tool. Contact April Turner, coastal communities extension specialist, at (843) 953-2078 or to receive a hard copy of the guide.

Consortium wins stewardship grants

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has been awarded two grants to help improve the stewardship of coastal resources.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education awarded a $78,564 grant to the Consortium to expand its successful From Seeds to Shoreline program (S2S), a student-driven salt-marsh restoration education effort.

The Consortium, in partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, will expand the S2S program throughout South Carolina by training staff at informal science education centers to work closely with schools participating in the program in their area.

Educational resources on tidal creek-salt marsh ecosystems will be developed to supplement the program’s content. The Consortium will create state-based “communities of prac­tice,” including formal and informal educators, to help develop and test educational resources and to implement the program.

Finally, the Consortium will expand its S2S program to additional southeastern states (North Carolina and Georgia) working closely with each state’s Sea Grant program and National Estuarine Research Reserves to train teachers and staff at science education hubs throughout the region.

In addition, a stewardship grant of $143,344 has been awarded to the Consortium by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service. This grant is intended to both remove derelict vessels from the Charleston Harbor watershed and engage community organizations and volunteers in the identification and removal of large-scale marine debris in Charleston County.

The Consortium, in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, will help organize Clean Marine events scheduled for spring 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016. The Clean Marine events will provide county-wide training and other activities related to marine debris before each event. 

An estimated 15 tons of marine debris (primarily unwanted fishing gear) will be collected and disposed of during the events, which will be open to recreational and commercial fishers and the public.

Also, as part of the overall grant, 14 derelict vessels weighing 22-26 tons will be removed from the Charleston Harbor watershed, improving both the safety of navigable waterways and the health of essential fish habitat.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Vernon Bell at or (843) 953-2085.

Last updated: 12/16/2014 3:44:14 PM
News & Notes – Fall 2014


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