Carolina Clear leads, partners on, and supports a variety of programs to educate and involve a wide range of audiences in stormwater management and pollution prevention. To stay up-to-date on upcoming programs, trainings, and events, see our events calendar, contact your local Water Resources Extension Agent to subscribe to their e-news, or check out a sampling of program offerings below.
Carolina Yards: Clemson Extension's Carolina Yards program works with residents to create healthy, watershed-friendly landscapes. Using simple and effective gardening methods, create a low maintenance yard that works with nature, rather than against it. Carolina Yards also regularly offers a five week, online course designed to help Carolina gardeners learn to grow and maintain a low maintenance and low impact yard.
SC Adopt-A-Stream: The SC Adopt-A-Stream program is led in a partnership between SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and the CU Center for Watershed Excellence. Volunteers are trained annually by certified trainers to become stewards and monitors of South Carolina rivers.
Carolina Rain Garden Initiative: The Carolina Rain Garden Initiative provides tools and resources to assist with the installation of rain gardens in diverse settings such as yards, schoolyards, community centers and more.
Master Pond Manager: The Master Pond Manager achievement course is designed to teach participants a wide range of pond management knowledge and skills. As a "hybrid" course combining online and face-to-face learning, it incorporates self-paced lectures, discussion, quizzes, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction, along with hands-on participation activities in the field.
Master Rain Gardener: The Master Rain Gardener program (currently in development) is a hybrid course consisting of self-paced online learning modules, hands-on field experiences, and multiple track options to meet the needs of diverse audiences interested in designing and installing rain gardens.
Post Construction Best Management Practice Inspector: The Post-Construction BMP Inspector program trains professionals in methods and strategies for conducting routine and thorough inspections of stormwater management practices.
Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector (CEPSCI): The purpose of the CEPSCI Program is to educate field personnel on the proper installation, maintenance and inspection of erosion prevention and sediment control measures at construction sites to meet state and local regulations.
Certified Stormwater Plan Reviewer (CSPR): The purpose of the CSPR Program is to educate personnel on the proper design and review of stormwater and sediment control plans for development sites to meet state and local regulations.
Silt Fence and Beyond: Erosion and Sediment Control Best Practices Workshop - The Silt Fence and Beyond is a workshop for contractors, inspectors, and regulators who wish to learn more about saving time and money on job sites through proper selection, installation, and maintenance of construction BMPs.
Stormwater-related Workshops: Conducted regularly by Water Resource Extension agents, reoccurring program topics include shorescaping, floating wetlands, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, gardening with native plants, composting, and more. Keep an eye on the Events calendar to find upcoming program offerings in your area.
Stormwater BMP demonstration project installations: Small-scale residential stormwater best management practices (BMPs) such as bioretention, permeable pavement, rain gardens, vegetated shoreline buffers, downspout planter boxes, rain barrels, and cisterns are regularly installed in collaboration with partnering communities and Clemson Extension's Water Resources Engineer - installed projects serve as educational tools to encourage BMP adoption throughout the community.
Teacher trainings and classroom presentations: Water Resource Extension agents visit classrooms to share water quality topics with students, and lead teacher trainings to help integrate water resources concepts into school curricula.
4-H2O - Exploring Watershed summer camps: 4H2O is a water-based 4-H science camp that runs in more than 15 counties across South Carolina, allowing students an opportunity to learn and experience this state’s water resources first-hand. The camps focus on hands-on science inquiry to provide children and adults with knowledge about their local water resources and teach them the field, analytical and critical thinking skills they need to participate in water quality protection.
From Seeds to Shoreline: “From Seeds to Shoreline” is a school program, led by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, that engages students in restoring Spartina alterniflora, the dominant plant in the salt marsh. Students will participate in hands-on science that addresses SC State Science Standards, serves our coastal community and emphasizes environmental stewardship.
River/Beach Sweeps: Throughout the year, community members join together to clear trash from South Carolina beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps.
Clemson University offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.