Coastal consortium addresses stormwater issues

By Tom Lollis

Stormwater Consortium

Horry and Georgetown counties and municipalities have joined forces to tackle stormwater issues and maintain the quality of water resources in the coastal area.         

This cooperative effort, called the Coastal WaccamawStormwater Education Consortium, addresses a regional need for minimizing polluted stormwater runoff.

“Population growth, residential and industrial development and resulting changes to the landscape have led to stormwater quality and quantity concerns in South Carolina,” said Cal Sawyer, Clemson UniversityExtension Service water quality coordinator. 

Public education and involvement is a required component of a new EPA regulation on stormwater management. Clemson is joining other state institutions to provide a consistent stormwater education message for the coastal consortium.

Education partners include: Clemson University’s CarolinaClear Program, Coastal Carolina University’s Waccamaw Watershed Academy, NorthInlet-Winyah Bay Estuarine Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program, theS.C. Sea Grant Extension Program, Murrells Inlet 2007 and the WaccamawRiverkeeper.

“Continuing the coastal quality of life and the growth of our economy will depend on maintaining the quality of our water resources,”said Susan Libes, professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University.

“Efforts to educate the public on these issues are never-ending and a regional approach is the way to go,” said Jeff Pollack, coordinator of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Coastal Training Program.

For information: Cal Sawyer, 864-656-4072,