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:
Current Research Projects
Evaluating Nitrogen Removal Strategies to Improve Stormwater Management Practices in Coastal South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Annie Bourbonnais, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigator: Erik Smith, University of South Carolina
Excess nitrogen can result in coastal eutrophication, harmful algal blooms, and dissolved oxygen impairment, both in coastal South Carolina and globally. Researchers will provide a comprehensive assessment of nitrogen transformation rates in various types of stormwater ponds and other stormwater control measures.
On Borrowed Time: Age as a Predictor of Phosphorus Mobility in Coastal Stormwater Ponds and Implications for Management
Principal Investigator: Debabrata Sahoo, Clemson University
This study will assess the influence of age of the residential stormwater pond on internal sediment phosphorus dynamics. The results will assist stormwater managers, extension specialists, residents, state and local decision-makers, and resource managers in making well-informed decisions regarding sediment, associated phosphorus, cyanobacteria management, and the health of downstream receiving water bodies.
Guiding Successful Applications of Floating Treatment Wetlands in Brackish Coastal Ponds
Principal Investigator: Bill Strosnider, University of South Carolina
Co-Principal Investigators: Sarah White and Amy Scaroni, Clemson University; Matthew Kimball, University of South Carolina
The goal of this research project is to guide the development of floating treatment wetlands as viable treatment technologies for brackish systems. The project team will develop guidance to enable successful floating treatment wetland installations, which can be used to absorb nutrients and break down contaminants through biological processes.
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.