Carolina Clear is a comprehensive approach developed by Clemson University to inform and educate communities about water quality, water quantity and the cumulative effects of stormwater. Carolina Clear addresses the special significance of South Carolina’s water resources and the role they play in the state’s economy, environmental health, and overall quality of life.
Carolina Clear is designed to assist two primary groups:
- MS4s, counties, and cities impacted by a new EPA mandate to manage water pollution.
- Communities, groups, industries, and individuals committed to preserving our resources for future generations.
Currently, more than 1150 of our lakes, rivers and creeks have been listed as impaired by the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Stormwater is the leading threat to water quality, and it is recognized that control of such pollution is most effectively implemented when people and organizations understand its impacts, its sources and the actions each individual can take to minimize their contribution to stormwater. Carolina Clear was developed to inform and educate communities about water quality, water quantity, and the cumulative effects of stormwater.
Carolina Clear strives to meet the needs of South Carolinians through the development of comprehensive education programs that result in changes in daily behavior and improved awareness of stormwater-related issues. Carolina Clear works hand-in-hand with environmental educators, higher education institutions, municipalities, counties, stormwater engineers, and local non-profits as well as utilizing resources available through Clemson University and the Cooperative Extension Service. Watershed education activities typically include the following:
- Presentations and information distribution to homeowner's associations and gardening clubs;
- Participation in Master Gardener training and low impact gardening demonstration sites;
- Technical training for erosion prevention and sediment control;
- Technical advising on stormwater pond management;
- Stormwater awareness bulletins and mass media campaigns;
- Youth-based environmental education;
- Presence at environmental festivals and participation at fairs;
- Low impact development training and demonstration sites.