S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

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Consortium Assists Members of Rosemont Community to Assess Flood Risk and Water Quality

Jul 5, 2023

The Consortium is collaborating with researchers at the College of Charleston to conduct water quality analyses and hydrologic mapping of tidal- and precipitation-based flooding in the Rosemont community in Charleston, S.C. This historically underserved community bordering the Ashley River and Interstate 26 faces threats from legacy industrial pollutants, poor air quality, and flood risk that is compounded by sea-level rise.

Brad and Landon install equipment in the marsh.

On June 8, 2023, a water-level sensor was installed in a tidal creek adjacent to the community. The sensor, which measures water level and water quality parameters, was generously donated and installed by In Situ and coordinated by Dwayne Porter, professor and director of graduate studies at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health. Rosemont community members are being trained to collect and store water samples for analysis. College of Charleston researchers Norman Levine and Vijay Vulava will map water levels and analyze water quality in order to assess this community’s risk of flooding and exposure to pollutants.

Partners on the project include the Rosemont Community Association, Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities, Charleston Community Research to Action Board, American Geophysical Union Thriving Earth Exchange, Anthropocene Alliance, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Contact the project lead Landon Knapp, Coastal Resilience Program manager, at (843) 953-2091 for more information.