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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.


Brooke Saari
Coastal Environmental Quality Program Specialist
(843) 953-6406

Recent Projects in Coastal Environmental Quality

Stormwater pond with house behind it.

S.C. Stormwater Pond Research and Management Collaborative

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium convened the S.C. Stormwater Pond Research and Management Collaborative to further investigate and address the challenges associated with stormwater ponds in our coastal areas.

The South Carolina Stormwater Pond Collaborative >

Colony of algae in a petri dish.

S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium formed the S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae in 1997 in response to Pfiesteria and other harmful algal blooms along the Carolina coast. The task group holds workshops on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and best management practices (BMPs) to aid in minimizing the presence of HABs in our coastal waters.

S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae >

A white heron stands in the salt marsh.

Regional Stormwater Education Consortia

The regional stormwater education consortium concept connects education providers with potential cooperators for efficient and effective NPDES Phase II compliance. Specifically, the MS4 (municipal separate stormwater sewer systems) communities can look to a consortium for assistance to meet the public outreach component under permit requirements.

For example, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has partnered with seven other entities to form the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium .

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