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Restoration Ecology


Across the country, irreplaceable resources are increasingly at risk. Environmental stresses — wind, water, weather — take their toll as do population growth and urban development. Accommodating growth while preserving, restoring, and conserving natural resources is challenging, but vital to individual communities and economic strength as a whole. Restoration ecology projects conduct research in watershed management and restoration of compromised ecological systems.

  • Community-based watershed planning and management programs
  • Ecosystem restoration for rivers, wetlands, and coastal environments
  • Practices to prevent and manage pollution caused by stormwater runoff


PROJECTS


Hydrological Evaluation of the Sand River Headwaters Stormwater Infrastructure Project

Project Location: Aiken
Funding: $367,000 awarded by the City of Aiken
Website: www.clemson.edu/ecology/aiken_green

The Hydrological Evaluation of the Sand River Headwaters Stormwater Infrastructure Project builds on the Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure project and provides continued steps to better understand the urban watershed boundaries and sources of stormwater to the watershed discharge. The results would help prioritize future strategic green infrastructure installations in the downtown Aiken area, as well as within the larger watershed. 

Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure Project

Project Site: Aiken
Funding: $293,187 awarded by the City of Aiken to assist in design of bioswales, rain gardens, permeable paving and other low-impact retrofit practices and $167,004 to develop a research and monitoring program for Aiken’s Green Infrastructure that taps into Clemson’s Intelligent River® research program.
Website: www.clemson.edu/ecology/aiken_green

Design and implementation of natural treatment systems to enhance stormwater infiltration in downtown watersheds. A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that drains off goes into the same river, lake or other water body. The project objective is to reduce the impact of stormwater on nearby Sand River and Hitchcock Woods by returning to the principles of how stormwater was treated decades ago, prior to the introduction of pavement, driveways and other impervious structures.

Sand River Ecological Restoration Master Plan

Project Site: Aiken
Funding: Grant Award from the City of Aiken
Website: www.clemson.edu/ecology/sand_river

Facilitate the development of the Sand River Ecological Restoration Master Plan (SRERMP) to address chronic stormwater erosion in Hitchcock Woods and evaluate potential remediation strategies. The master plan involves the creation of multi-party agreements for restoring a local natural treasure, the Sand River. A holistic approach to the restoration of Sand River required development of a plan that balances stormwater management with habitat preservation and restoration.