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The following programs are in addition to on-going monitoring efforts conducted by scientists at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

South Carolina Estuarine and
Coastal Assessment Program

In 1999, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) initiated a major new collaborative coastal monitoring program: the South Carolina Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program (SCECAP). One of the most comprehensive coast-wide programs in the nation, SCECAP contributes significant data needed to assess tidal creeks—important nursery habitats for most of the state’s economically valuable species.

The SCECAP program provides a number of benefits to the citizens of South Carolina, including:

• The ability to identify impacted areas of estuarine habitat using a suite of sensitive biological, chemical, and physical measures.

• A standardized protocol that is cost-effective and consistent with protocols common among other U.S. coastal states. Managers will be able to compare conditions in S.C. coastal waters to the overall southeastern region, allowing for better regional prioritization of stressors and impacts.

• More comprehensive periodic reports on the condition of water quality and habitat condition throughout the state’s coastal zone.

In the near future, State of the Estuary summaries will be available through printed reports, electronic files, and the Web sites of both agencies.

For more information about the SCECAP program, visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/scecap

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Phytoplankton Monitoring Network

The National Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) is a community-based network of volunteers monitoring marine phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs). PMN recognizes the interrelationships between humans and coastal ecosystems while providing volunteer citizen scientists with meaningful opportunities for hands-on science engagement.

For more information about the monitoring network, visit https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/research/stressor-impacts-mitigation/pmn/

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