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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #3 ARCHIVED
 

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Low Impact Development projectNew Web Application Showcases Low Impact Development Projects
The Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas for South Carolina is a web application highlighting innovative LID projects that communities can implement to address stormwater and growth-related issues. Hundreds of LID projects throughout the U.S. are mapped; these include the use of bioswales, rain gardens, permeable pavement, and green roofs. Part of a national mapping effort by the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program, South Carolina NEMO, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, and Clemson University, the atlas contains detailed information on 82 projects across South Carolina. View the LID Atlas and visit the Coastal Communities web page for more program activities.

beach sweep river sweep cleanupVolunteers Clear 20 Tons of Debris from Beaches, Marches, and Rivers
Over 3,000 volunteers participated in the 23rd annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep at 150 sites statewide last year, collecting nearly 20 tons of debris from beaches, marshes, and waterways. Organized by the Consortium in partnership with S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, the Sweep is the largest, volunteer-driven cleanup in S.C., and is supported primarily by private donations. Major sponsors were Ashbritt, Inc., BP Cooper River Plant, Charleston Water System, Coastal Expeditions, Mt. Pleasant Waterworks, The Duke Energy Foundation, and Walmart Market #34. View reports and photos on the Beach Sweep/River Sweep website, and join us Sept. 15, 2012 for the 24th annual event.

tidal creek summitTidal Creek Summit Bridges Gap Between Research and Management
The Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit was held in Charleston, S.C., on December 5-6, 2011. The summit was organized and sponsored by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with North Carolina Sea Grant, Georgia Sea Grant, North Carolina State University, The Coastal Society, and the Taylor and Francis Group. Leading tidal creek researchers from the region presented their work on tidal creek functions, impacts, and strategies for future research and sustainable management techniques. Five facilitated discussions covered identification of research gaps, information needs for effective management, linking research with management, restoration of tidal creek systems, and a wrap-up discussion on the future of research, management, and restoration efforts. Organizers will publish a white paper in early 2012 based on the information gathered. Contact Denise Sanger at the Consortium for more information about tidal creek research and management.

coastal heritage publication coverCoastal Heritage Wins Prestigious Award
Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the Consortium, received an Award of Excellence from the Society for Technical Communication (STC)-Carolina Chapter. The rigorous judging process was based on content and organization, copy-editing, visual design, and creativity. The entry will be showcased at the upcoming STC conference in May 2012. Click here to view current and back issues of Coastal Heritage. Email Annette Dunmeyer to subscribe to the free hard copy.


Upcoming Event: Social Science for Coastal Decision-Making Forum, February 15-16, 2012, Charleston, S.C.

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Did You Know?
The Consortium and SCDNR have engaged over 125,000 volunteers in Beach Sweep/River Sweep since the litter cleanup began in 1998, collecting over 1,000 tons of debris from environmentally sensitive areas. The value of volunteer time for the 2011 cleanup was $128,000.


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