Guidebook helps protect state’s lakes and streams

By Debbie Dalhouse

Life at the Water's Edge Book CoverAs the population of South Carolina grows, landscaping practices can either help or hurt the quality of the state’s lakes and streams. Now homeowners have a guidebook for landscaping practices that will protect the lakes and streams they love.

Life at the Water’s Edge is a 150-page manual filled with photographs, illustrations and practical solutions to shoreline landscaping problems. It explores shoreline natural history, describes the importance of watersheds in protecting water quality, compares the ecology of healthy water bodies with polluted ones and explains the advantages of natural buffer vegetation.

It was written and edited by Lin Roth, an environmental scientist at Clemson’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown. Co-authors include water quality specialist Barbara Speziale, horticulturist Bob Polomski and watershed management specialist Bruce Pinkerton.

The book received a national award from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation and has been cited by the North American Lakes Management Society. Funding was provided by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

To order, go to www.clemson.edu/psapublishing/. Enter “WQL 24” in the search box and select “Pub Code” from the drop-down menu. Cost is $20.