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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #14 ARCHIVED

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CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

In This Issue:

flooding in Charleston, SCPortal Offers "S.C. Flood" Resources
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium compiled over 200 documents from our resources, the Sea Grant Network, and the Extension Disaster Education Network to help the people of South Carolina prepare for, respond to, and recover from a flooding disaster. The "S.C. Flood" documents are available on the S.C. Coastal Information Network portal, and can also be accessed from the Consortium's website.

PDFs, fact sheets, brochures, videos, and webinars from city, county, state, out-of-state, and federal sources cover a wide variety of topics, including flood insurance, food and water safety, how to safely shut off utilities, cleaning flood damaged homes, and applying for assistance following a disaster.

The portal is a collaborative effort, with representatives from state and federal agencies, universities, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations, to enhance coordination of coastal community outreach efforts in South Carolina. Contact April Turner, coastal community extension specialist, at (843) 953-2073 for more information.

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report coverSea Level Rise Adaptation Report for Beaufort County Published
In partnership with the Beaufort County Planning Department, Social and Environmental Research Institute, North Carolina Sea Grant, and University of South Carolina's Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium published the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Report: Beaufort County to assist the county's planning department with developing adaptation strategies for future flooding for incorporation into their Comprehensive Plan.

The project team assembled a stakeholder group of local decision makers, and met with the group five times over a two-year period to discuss possible actions to increase the County's resiliency. In addition, two public workshops were held to gather input from a wider audience. The resultant report includes an assessment of Beaufort County's vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal flooding, and 23 adaptation actions identified by stakeholders described under categories such as land management, social adaptation, transportation adaptation, and water management. While the report is specific to Beaufort County, the adaptation actions are applicable to other coastal communities preparing for sea level rise.

This project was funded by the NOAA National Sea Grant Office's Community Climate Change Adaptation Initiative. An Executive Summary and the full report can be accessed on the Consortium's website. For more information about the report or other climate-related programs, contact Liz Fly, coastal climate extension specialist, at (843) 953-2097.

EV Bell receives S.C. Marine Educators AwardBell Receives Award from S.C. Marine Educators Association
EV Bell, the Consortium's marine education specialist, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 President's Choice award from the S.C. Marine Educators Association (SCMEA) during their annual conference in Greenville, S.C. 

According to Meika Samuel, SCMEA president, EV was originally nominated for Marine Educator of the Year, but received the President's Choice award for her lifetime of work in support of marine education. "She has collaborated on numerous projects that have benefitted students, teachers, and scientists across our state," said Meika. 

EV has developed innovative education programs such as From Seeds to Shoreline salt marsh restoration, Salt Marsh STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math), and South Carolina's Amazing Coast workshops. Visit the Education section of the Consortium's website for more information about EV's programmatic efforts, send her an email, or call (843) 953-2085

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Upcoming Event: Social Coast Forum February 9-11, 2016, Charleston, S.C.

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Did You Know?
Ten abandoned vessels were removed from Charleston Harbor in September. This was made possible by a grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program to the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Last updated: 2/11/2016 2:30:14 PM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – issue #14 ARCHIVED


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