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Linking Land Use to Water Quality in South Carolina
by: Calvin B Sawyer, S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program


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It remains to be seen what the long term impacts will be as a result of the South Carolina NEMO program. Local officials in the target watersheds are being educated that water quality cannot be treated as a stand-alone issue divorced from other local quality of life considerations such as urban sprawl, traffic, road maintenance, open space planning and neighborhood character. Rather, nonpoint source pollution should be a consideration addressed in combination with these other issues. In this way, NEMO will serve as a catalyst for change by enabling local officials to better incorporate water resource protection into their everyday decisions.

End Notes

Arnold, Chester and Jim Gibbons. NEMO Fact Sheet Series, 1999. pp. 1-6.

Randall Arendt, Harry L. Dodson, Robert D. Yaro & Elizabeth Brabec, Rural by Design, American Planning Association, Chicago, IL, 1994

Arrandale, Tom, “Pollution in the Gutters,” Governing, December, 1998, pp. 51-60.

Blacklocke, Sean. "Comprehensive Land Use Planning in South Carolina: Addressing New Challenges in Allocating Resources." The Opinion Page, Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs, 1999 pp. 1-6.

International City/County Management Association with Geoff Anderson, Smart Growth: A Primer, (undated)

U.S. General Accounting Office, “Community Development: Extent of ‘Urban Sprawl’ is Unclear,” Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, GAO/RCED-99-87, April, 1999.

U.S. General Accounting Office, “Water Quality: Federal Role in Addressing – and Contributing – to Nonpoint Source Pollution,” Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, GAO/RCED-99-45, February, 1999.

Calvin B. Sawyer
SC Sea Grant Extension Program
259 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843/722.5940
Fax: 843/722.5944

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