Capabilities

The Clemson Center for Watershed Excellence seeks to engage faculty, agents and students in delivering science-based solutions to water resources challenges. The Center, through its designation with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), seeks to provide capacity-building outreach to municipalities, counties and community groups to develop long-term watershed protection practices. 

Existing expertise at the Center includes the following areas:

  • watershed restoration and protection plans
  • citizen science
  • surface water monitoring
  • grassroots watershed partnership development and sustainability
  • erosion prevention and sediment control options
  • agricultural best practices
  • urban stormwater best practices
  • municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permitting
  • outreach that seeks to create sustainable behavior changes
  • stream restoration practices
  • green infrastructure

In as much as possible, the Center will seek out grants and other funds to expand capabilities offered in partnership with communities and stakeholders. As a land grant university, Clemson seeks to bring research to the applied audience for the benefit of the people of South Carolina. Where existing expertise may not be identified, the partnerships with faculty and researchers have endless potential to benefit the public and our shared natural resources. 

Students performing stream restoration
This photo shows 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.  Photo copyright Peter Kent, Clemson University.