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Myrtle Beach development.

Program Focus Area

Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy

Coastal South Carolina is experiencing rapid growth. Resource management and economic development issues in this area continue to challenge coastal zoning planners, resource managers, developers, and those involved in commerce, industry, recreation, and tourism.

How the Consortium Supports Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium supports research and outreach to generate and deliver science-based information and programs in response to the needs of local communities and decision-makers in the following areas:

  • The interrelationships among social, economic, and environmental concerns in coastal South Carolina, and optimizing each.
  • Regional approaches to coastal land-use and watershed planning.
  • Enhancing waterfront-related economic opportunities without diminishing the long-term health of the coastal environment.
  • Robust and healthy working waterfronts, fisheries, and aquaculture.
  • Tools to help manage coastal areas for tourism, recreation, and other uses.
  • Identifying ways for small coastal communities to engage in the tourism economy in an economically, environmentally, and culturally diverse way.
  • Developing planning and policy tools for coastal access.
  • Understanding the effects of population growth and changes in land use.
  • Offshore energy issues, policies, technologies, infrastructure, and impacts.

Current Research and Outreach Projects

Overflowing stormwater drain.

Socioeconomic Evaluation

Research Project: Socioeconomic evaluation of stormwater control measures to guide decision-making in coastal South Carolina. Read More >

Marsh grass at high tide.

Nonpoint Source

Research Project: Relating nonpoint source biochemical oxygen demand loading to land-use and stormwater-management practices in coastal South Carolina. Read More >

Housing development and stormwater pond.

Land Use

Research Project: Linking land use to changes in physical processes in creeks and estuaries: Implications for increased development and changes in climate and weather. Read More >

2018-2019 Impacts and Accomplishments

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s report of our successes in advancing sustainable development and economy in coastal South Carolina.

Resources by Topic

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s published information and project results in areas related to sustainable coastal development and economy.