About the Center

Mission: To promote local stakeholders' involvement in protecting and improving the natural and economic resources of their watershed.

Vision: To involve Clemson University faculty and students in statewide watershed research and education programs that support the development and implementation of community-based, cost-effective watershed management programs.

Geographic Area: The Center will focus on all South Carolina watersheds.

Designated as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in July of 2008, the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence is one of ten centers in the Southeast. Created in 2007 by EPA's Region 4 Water Protection Division, the Centers for Watershed Management Program utilizes the diverse talents and expertise of colleges and universities from across the Southeast to provide hands-on, practical products and services so that communities can better identify watershed problems and develop viable solutions. The Center for Watershed Excellence designation is a model of support and collaboration between the University, SC DHEC and EPA Region 4.

The Center is taking a leadership role in water resources and watershed issues in South Carolina and is developing strong partnerships with other institutions and agencies. The Center offers hands-on support and practical products and services that will encourage growth of local stakeholder groups working toward sustainable natural resources within their watershed.

The Center also provides faculty expertise in the areas of environmental and ecological sciences, engineering, community planning, marketing, behavioral sciences, economics and computer sciences such as cyberinfrastructure.

The Center is part of Clemson University's Institute of Computational Ecology.


The photos above show Clemson students working on the Hunnicutt Creek restoration project near the Clemson campus. Two thirds of the Clemson campus is drained by Hunnicutt Creek.  Cal Sawyer, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center, is instrumental in this restoration and research project.  Photos copyright Peter Kent, Clemson University.