Water Resources Extension Agent
Charleston County Extension Coordinator
Water Resources Program Team, Charleston County Cooperative Extension Office
Office: Charleston County
MS Environmental Studies
College of Charleston 2008
Presbyterian College 2002
Professional Rain Garden Design and Installer Certification
Carolina Yards Online Guide to Environmentally Friendly Gardening
Tri-County Master Gardener Program
Master Pond Manager
Best Management Practice Inspection and Maintenance Course
From Seeds to Shoreline Teacher Training
Kim is a Water Resources Extension Agent, working for the Carolina Clear Program. In this role, Kim co-coordinates the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC). The ACSEC is a regional approach in the Charleston-area providing stormwater outreach and education targeting stormwater pollution prevention and watershed stewardship. This Consortium effort involves the partnership of three County Governments, ten Municipal Governments and a host of education partners that include university, non-profit and government entities. Kim also serves as the Charleston County Extension Coordinator. Kim is an instructor for an array of Extension programming including Professional Rain Garden Design and Installer Certification Program, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Master Pond Manager, Carolina Yards Online Guide to Environmentally Friendly Gardening, Best Management Practices Inspection and Maintenance Course, From Seeds to Shoreline and 4-H2O Exploring Lowcountry Waterways summer camp.
Kim is interested in rainwater harvesting system design and best practices for application or harvested rainwater. Kim has worked alongside other Extension Agents, Specialist and graduate students to research water quality in harvested rainwater systems and aspects of system design that may impact the success of a rainwater harvesting system. Kim has evaluated end-user attitudes, perceptions and use of residential rainwater harvesting systems over a multi-year effort in order to gain understanding of the application of this practice. Kim is also interested in defining recommendations for residential-scale "pocket" rain gardens, and has worked alongside others to provide guidance through a number of resources including the Clemson Extension Virtual Rain Garden and the Carolina Clear Rain Garden Manual second edition (to be published in 2016).
Extension and Outreach
Kim specializes within Extension on landscape-level best management practices for protecting downstream water quality, with particular emphasis on rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, the use of native plants and freshwater/ salt water buffers. In 2015, Kim launched the Carolina Rain Garden Initiative with the objective of increasing the number of rain gardens installed in South Carolina. As part of this Initiative, the Virtual Rain Garden was produced to provide a step-by-step approach to rain garden installation. Also, the Professional Rain Garden Design and Installer Certification program works to train professionals in the field on rain garden installation, to better assist clients with their landscape needs pertaining a rain gardens ability to address drainage, erosion issues and environmental concerns in the home landscape. Regarding rainwater harvesting, Kim is a course instructor for the Best Management Practice Inspection and Maintenance Certification program, with her role to teach the rainwater harvesting segments to professional audiences. Kim organizes a rain barrel sale open to the general public in the Charleston Tri-County area, in which rain barrels are offered at a near 50% reduced cost. In 2015, over 500 rain barrels were sold as part of this single day event. Kim has worked with multiple graduate students on various aspects of rainwater harvesting research and outreach. Regarding shoreline buffers, Kim serves as the Clemson Extension lead on the From Seeds to Shoreline Program, a youth wetland restoration program offered in partnership with SC SeaGrant Consortium and SC Department of Natural Resources. The From Seeds to Shoreline program engages youth in the restoration of a salt marsh area as students collect Spartina seeds, germinate and cultivate these seeds, and eventually plant seedlings to actively participate in a salt marsh restoration effort. Kim also serves as an instructor for shorescaping and upland management for the Master Pond Manager Program. She teaches aspects of rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, native plants and shorescaping as part of the Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Programs and facilitates, alongside other area agents, the Clemson Extension 4-H2O Exploring Lowcountry Waterways summer camp. Lastly, Kim has worked to design and install low impact development demonstration projects in areas across the state which feature rainwater harvesting, buffers, rain gardens and native plant use, providing an in-the-ground example of these practices to visitors.
"Best Practices for Application of Harvested Rainwater on Edibles" Kimberly Counts Morgnaello. September 2015. HGIC Publication 1728. www.clemson.edu/hgic.
"Rainwater Harvesting Systems Guidance for Schoolyard Applications" Kimberly Counts Morganello. September 2015. HGIC Publication 1729. www.clemson.edu/hgic.
"An Introduction to Native Plants in SC Landscapes" Kimberly Counts Morganello and Cathy Reas Foster. April 2015. HGIC Publication H2O-010. www.clemson.edu/hgic.
The Carolina Yardstick Workbook. Pachota, Sara and Katie Giacalone, Kimberly Counts and Amy Dabbs. 2014. www.clemson.edu/carolinaclear.
“Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium 2012-2013 Annual Report of Activities, Year Five.” Kimberly A. Counts and C. Guinn Garrett, September 2013. www.ashleycooper.org.
“Salt Marsh and Tidal Creek Buffer Factsheet.” Kimberly A. Counts and Laura Lee Rose. November 2013. HGIC Publication H2O-016. www.clemson.edu/hgic.
“Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium 2011-2012 Annual Report of Activities, Year Four.” Kimberly A. Counts and David F. Joyner, September 2012. www.ashleycooper.org.
“Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium 2012-2017 Stormwater Outreach Strategic Plan 2012-2017.” David F. Joyner and Kimberly A. Counts, April 2012. www.ashleycooper.org.
“Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium 2010-2011 Annual Report of Activities, Year Three.” David F. Joyner and Kimberly A. Counts, November 2011. www.ashleycooper.org.
LinksCarolina Rain Garden Initiative
Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium
Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium Facebook Page
Life Along the Salt Marsh: Protecting Tidal Creeks with Vegetative Buffers
Best Practices for Application of Harvested Rainwater on Edibles