Clemson Extension's Carolina Clear program partners with over 38 communities in South Carolina to provide stormwater education, outreach, and public involvement opportunities. Our team of Water Resources Extension Agents are located in the regions they serve, allowing them to best understand the educational needs of their communities. We strive to protect water resources and encourage pollution prevention by providing quality programs that raise awareness of stormwater issues, and promote actions and behaviors that ultimately protect our water resources.
South Carolina manages stormwater through a permitting process administered by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). DHEC requires all construction sites of one acre or more, many industrial sites, and all regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) to obtain a stormwater permit. Carolina Clear works with our partnering MS4s to address the first two of six stormwater permit requirements:
- Public education and outreach
- Public participation and involvement
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Construction site runoff control
- Post-construction site runoff control
- Pollution prevention/ good housekeeping
Carolina Clear works hand-in-hand with environmental educators, colleges and universities, municipalities, counties, stormwater engineers, and local non-profits to provide trainings, workshops, resources, tools, demonstration projects, and events to meet the educational needs of our community partners. When it comes to protecting water resources, we all have to do our part to keep our water clean and our communities healthy.