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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #4 ARCHIVED

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


In This Issue:

Sea Grant Association logoConsortium Honored by SGA
At a biannual meeting in March, the Sea Grant Association (SGA) presented the Consortium with the Partnership Award "for its long-standing commitment to Sea Grant and the SGA." The SGA also recognized Elaine Knight, the Consortium's assistant director, with a Distinguished Service Award "for her dedicated service and outstanding contributions." The SGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the National Sea Grant College program. More information about the SGA and its work is available on their website.

coastal beach sceneConsortium Receives $1.28M for FY12-13 Sea Grant Efforts
The National Sea Grant College Program awarded $1.28 million to the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium to support the first year of its program management and development, extension, communications, and education efforts for 2012-2014, along with ten peer-reviewed research projects that address critical issues related to coastal and ocean resource use, management, and conservation. Details of each research project are posted here. For more information, contact Rick DeVoe, executive director, at (843) 953-2078.

Community Resource Inventory mapping toolCommunity Resource Inventory Tool  Available Online
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and several partners have  developed an online Community Resource Inventory (CRI)  mapping tool. The CRI was piloted for Georgetown County,  and is currently being expanded to include all 8 coastal  counties in S.C. The CRI can be used to overlay data  layers with USGS topographic maps, satellite imagery, and street maps. No GIS software or training is needed. Current data categories include Water Quality, Planning and Zoning, and Flood Zones. As needs are identified, more categories and data layers will be added. Partners include the S.C. Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials program, Clemson University's Baruch Institute and Carolina Clear program, and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Visit the project website to use the CRI tool, and contact April Turner for more information about this and other programs provided to coastal communities.

Teacher Workshop combines visual arts with scienceWorkshop for Teachers Combines  Visual Arts with Science
A workshop, "Photographs, Poems, Pencils, and Pluff Mud," was held March 16-18 at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Organized by EV Bell, the Consortium's marine educator, and Beth Thomas, education coordinator with the NERR, the workshop was designed to show teachers how they can capture the science of the salt marsh through photography, drawing, and literature. Eighteen teachers from North Carolina and South Carolina learned about salt marsh ecology from local scientists and in the field, developed skills in photography, literature, and visual arts, and combined their talent and science knowledge for use in the classroom. For more information about this and other education programs, contact EV Bell at (843) 953-2078 and visit the Education section of the Consortium's website.

Upcoming Event: From Seeds to Shoreline Teachers Workshop on Salt Marsh Restoration Program, June 11-13, 2012, Ace Basin, S.C.

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Did You Know?
The Consortium receives ~92% of its funding from non-state appropriated competitive grants.

Last updated: 1/27/2015 10:29:33 AM
CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #4 ARCHIVED


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