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Coastal Heritage Curriculum Connection

Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue: Stormwater Ponds: The Coast Re-Plumbed

Focus Questions

  • How are stormwater ponds “replumbing” the coast? Meaning, how do stormwater ponds work?
  • What are two benefits that stormwater ponds provide?
  • What are three challenges associated with building and/or managing stormwater ponds?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina Science Standards and Performance Indicators

1.E.4A.2 Develop and use models (such as drawings or maps) to describe patterns in the distribution of land and water on Earth and classify bodies of water (including oceans, rivers and streams, lakes, and ponds).

4.E.2A.2 Develop and use models to explain how water changes as it moves between the atmosphere and Earth’s surface during each phase of the water cycle (including evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff).

5.E.3B.3 Construct scientific arguments to support claims that human activities (such as conservation efforts or pollution) affect the land and oceans of Earth.

7.L.3A.4 Construct scientific arguments to support claims that bacteria are both helpful and harmful to other organisms and the environment.

H.E.6A.2 Obtain and communicate information to explain how location, movement, and energy transfers are involved in making water available for use on Earth’s surface (including lakes, surface-water drainage basins, freshwater wetlands, and groundwater zones).

H.E.6A.4 Analyze and interpret data of a local drainage basin to predict how changes caused by human activity and other factors influence the hydrology of the basin and amount of water available for use in the ecosystem.

H.E.6A.5 Analyze and interpret data to describe how the quality of the water in drainage basins is influenced by natural and human factors (such as land use, domestic and industrial waste, weather and climate conditions, topography of the river channel, pollution, or flooding).

Lesson Links and Educational Resources

Clemson Carolina Clear
Maintaining good water quality is imperative for the health of our communities and ecosystems—from our watershed connections to other areas of the state to the stormwater ponds in our local community. Clemson Carolina Clear provides a range of educational resources, as well as volunteer opportunities such as “Adopt-A-Stream”.

Educators Guide to Marine Debris for the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico
Water quality can be impacted by numerous factors including: watersheds, development, nutrient loads, trash/litter, and abandoned fishing gear. Learn about the various issues related to marine debris using the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s curriculum, Educators Guide to Marine Debris for the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico .

Free Microplastics Poster
Microplastics – those plastic fragments smaller than 5mm – are becoming increasingly problematic in our waters. Because of the impacts on wildlife and water quality, including stormwater ponds, microplastics have become a priority topic for research and education initiatives. The educational poster, Microplastics in Estuaries, is available for download and poster sized hard copies are available. To request a copy, please contact

Stormwater Education Consortia
The Ashley-Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium and the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium provide a wealth of resources dedicated to keeping our waters clean. Check out each of their websites to gain resources, learn of opportunities, and request programs for your classroom.

Enviroscape© Loaner Program
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium offers K-12 and nonformal educators use of their Wetlands Enviroscape Model that demonstrates how watersheds can be impacted by development, pollution, and other natural and human-made impacts. The Enviroscape shows how natural buffers (native vegetation, riparian buffers, salt marshes) not only mitigate the impact of pollution but also can help with flooding concerns. If interested in requesting the Enviroscape for your classroom, please contact Liz McQuain at