Developing cost-effective watershed management programs

By Peter Kent

epa representative with Gene EidsonThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, has designated Clemson as the center of excellence for watershed management in South Carolina. This is only the third such center to be designated in the Southeast.

“Clemson’s Center for Watershed Excellence will build partnerships with universities, government agencies, communities and other groups to develop cost-effective watershed management programs for communities throughout the state,” said Gene Eidson, director of the Restoration Institute’s ecology program.

The center has already begun working with the City of Aiken and Hitchcock Woods Foundation to develop an ecological restoration master plan for Sand River. It is also working with Pickens County to formulate a 20-year plan that addresses population growth and water needs, installing remote sensors to monitor water quality in four test sites across the state, and planning a statewide water resources conference in October.

For more information: Gene Eidson, 864-656-2618, geidson@clemson.edu, or www.clemson.edu/restoration/ecology/.