Four Consortium-funded scientists studying stormwater ponds are featured on the National Sea Grant College Program’s (NSGCP) website. The scientists represent The Citadel, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
Stormwater ponds are considered a best management practice in South Carolina for reducing and filtering surface-water runoff. There are more than 14,000 stormwater ponds in the coastal region, and scientists have raised some questions about how these ponds function in coastal watersheds. Studies include mapping stormwater ponds, analyzing contaminants and nutrients, documenting algal blooms, water quality, and responding to fish kills, and determining the seasonal and rainfall event-based mechanics of water budgets and stream flow.