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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #9 ARCHIVED
 

Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina
CoastalScience@Work: Update from S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

In This Issue:

NOAA logoConsortium Rated Highly by National Sea Grant Office
 As part of the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) Office's Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation process, the Consortium underwent a review in the fall of 2012 that evaluated performance based on progress made in meeting milestones identified in our Strategic and Implementation Plan, and overall impact based on the Federal investment. This evaluation followed a 2010 Site Visit Review, where the Consortium received high marks for its management and organization, stakeholder engagement, and collaborative network activities. The NSGCP Office commended the Consortium as a "well-managed, cost-effective program that provides valuable services to its stakeholders, and has reached the standard of excellence expected of all Sea Grant College Programs." As a result, the NSGO will provide the Consortium with $113,000 in merit funding, which will add 10% to the agency's base Sea Grant funding on an annual basis beginning in 2014. Contact Rick DeVoe, executive director, at (843) 953-2078 or rick.devoe@scseagrant.org for more information.

rain gardenLow Impact Development Atlas Expands and Improves
The South Carolina Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas, an online mapping tool that highlights innovative stormwater management techniques, has been updated with 15 additional projects and includes updated links and improved descriptions for all 96 LID projects in S.C. The S.C. Sea Grant Coastal Communities Extension program leads the effort to populate the Atlas with projects, which serve as models for other communities to use to address stormwater and growth-related issues. Part of a national mapping effort by the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials program, the Atlas highlights hundreds of LID projects across the U.S. For more information about other Coastal Communities Extension programs, contact April Turner at (843) 953-2073 or april.turner@scseagrant.org.

students making buoysStudents Construct and Test Buoys                
The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-SouthEast (COSEE-SE), in partnership with the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), piloted an elementary grade-level buoy project called "eBOB" in which students designed and built weather buoys. Seventy-five 4th graders in two Charleston County elementary schools--Murray LaSaine and Mitchell--built and tested the eBOBs over a two-week period during the 2011-2012 school year. The eBOB project used pre-activities to demonstrate elements of mass, density, and payload; presented background information on buoys, weather, and weather instruments; and challenged students to construct their own weather buoys. Each buoy had to float, include a platform to hold weather instruments, and float with a payload, or weight. Once all buoys were successfully constructed, weather instrumentation, such as water gauges, anemometers, thermometers, and weather vanes, were added. The buoys were then used to collect weather data on school grounds and local parks. The eBOB project was so successful that both schools adopted the activity for the 2012-2013 school year. An Educators' Guide was developed and an article is in-press in the National Science Teacher Association's journal, Science and Children. Contact EV Bell at (843) 953-2078 or elizabeth.vernon@scseagrant.org to learn more about this and other education programs.

aquaculture business meeting and workshopAquaculture Business Management and Marketing Workshop Held
Julie Davis, living marine resources extension specialist for the Consortium, partnered with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Shellfish Growers Association to bring a National Aquaculture Association workshop to Charleston on May 22, 2013. The Business Management and Marketing workshop for 20 aquaculturists and commercial fishers covered issues such as how to manage their business during difficult financial times and assessing the profitability of their business. Workshop participants also learned about recent trends in supermarket seafood sales and how to employ innovative marketing strategies for their products. For more information about this workshop and fisheries-related programs, contact Julie Davis at (843) 255-6060 ext. 112 or julie.davis@scseagrant.org.

Upcoming Event: 5th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, July 29–August 2, 2013, Schaumburg, IL

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CoastalScience@Work E-Newsletter – Issue #9 ARCHIVED

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