Clemson leads water quality programs for South Carolina

By Peter Kent

Water quality group meetingThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, in conjunction with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, is collaborating with Clemson to establish a Center for Watershed Excellence in South Carolina. The center will provide “one-stop” watershed planning and management support for communities throughout the state.

Planned services include research and education programs to foster development and implementation of cost-effective watershed management solutions. Clemson faculty, staff and students will work with community stakeholders to create site-based solutions that promote both economic and environmental sustainability. A formal announcement is planned for fall 2007 as details are finalized.

“We are excited to participate with the EPA in this collaborative effort,” said John Kelly, Clemson vice president for public service and agriculture.  “The center provides an efficient and effective approach to improving water quality, which will have a significant impact on the quality of life for our citizens and for economic development in South Carolina.”

In addition, a statewide conference on water resources is being planned for fall 2008 to develop collaborative research among universities and agencies. Both initiatives are sponsored by Clemson’s Restoration Institute.

For more information: or Gene Eidson, 864-656-2619,