New HGIC Fact Sheet Series Focuses on Water

By Katie Giacalone          

The Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) now features a fact sheet series that provides solutions to today’s water resource challenges, as offered by Clemson University faculty, Extension agents and partners. The series is called H2Ownership and soon will have an expanding list of topics.

Available for immediate download are fact sheets on floating wetlands, illicit discharges and water pollution, and shorescaping South Carolina waterfronts.

“Floating Wetlands: Container Gardens for your Pond” explains how wetlands work and their role in the ecosystem. The fact sheet details how homeowners and communities can benefit from this pond feature that attracts wildlife and solves typical water-quality issues.

"Illicit Discharges and Water Pollution" explains the consequences of pollution of local rivers and streams through discharges down storm drains and into the storm sewer system, and how individuals can document their findings to curb this type of water pollution.

“Shorescaping for South Carolina Waterfronts” explains how a shoreline buffer helps to protect water quality and create habitat and includes 4 pages of plant recommendations, plant descriptions and photos.

Fact sheets in development include "Shorescaping for Tidal Areas," "Permeable Pavement Options," "Erosion Control on the Home Landscape," “Resident Canada Goose Management Options” and several on maintenance and care of septic systems.

H2Ownership series looks specifically at South Carolina’s water resources and provides solutions to help improve water quality. These fact sheets can be viewed online, but also downloaded as PDF documents. Users are encouraged to print these out and post them in your community buildings, storefronts and plant displays and rely on them as needed to encourage the adoption of water protection efforts. Each publication undergoes thorough peer review.

Remember, we all live downstream, and the collective actions of individuals can protect South Carolina’s rich natural resources for future generations. Find out more at

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