Coastal Environmental Quality Program
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Coastal Environmental Quality Specialist works closely with state natural resource managers, community groups, scientists, universities, and decisionmakers to help sustain our coastal environmental quality.
This program focuses on helping communities enhance and conserve the coastal environment through proper stormwater management, improving water quality, and preventing harmful algal blooms.
Coastal Environmental Quality Program Specialist
Regional Stormwater Pond Information and Programming
A team of partners from various organizations in South Carolina’s coastal areas collaborate on programming efforts yearly, including the Healthy Pond Series and Stormwater Pond Conferences.
Recent Projects in Coastal Environmental Quality
Trawl to Trash
This program recruits and hires local commercial shrimpers to construct stow bags by upcycling old and discarded shrimp trawl nets, which they construct during their off-season. Stow bags are then provided to the public through outreach activities to encourage the reduction of trash in our local environment.
Water Chats is a technical training program designed to facilitate access to and use of new and emerging water quality research to inform natural resource management decisions in South Carolina. The program provides opportunities to share information on public and private sector advancements in water quality research and management applications that may benefit South Carolina’s community, environment, economy, and future.
The South Carolina Water Monitoring Portal
The South Carolina Water Monitoring Portal is an ArcGIS-based, geospatial application that displays statewide water quality data on an interactive map. The Portal is a user-friendly tool and makes data more accessible to assist researchers, technical managers, and extension professionals in protecting our state’s waters.