Katie Giacalone

New Center Director Named

A new director has been named for the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence. Katie Buckley Giacalone takes over managing the center after serving as statewide coordinator for Carolina Clear. Giacalone will continue to direct Carolina Clear, which is the watershed-center program for stormwater education and awareness. The center is part of Clemson University's Institute of Computational Ecology and is an EPA-designated Center of Excellence in Watershed Management.Giacalone has been involved in Clemson Public Service Activities natural resource programs since 2008, at Carolina Clear and as an Extension Service associate. She holds an undergraduate degree in marine science and a master's in environmental science, and has specialized in monitoring and mitigating the effects of water pollution and working with communities to address regulatory mandates.

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Intelligent River® Research Enterprise

One of the major projects being developed on campus is the cyberinfrastructure-based digital watershed. The University awarded a $1.5 million grant to develop the cyber platform and four demonstration projects. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University $3 million to design, develop and deploy a basinwide network of computerized sensors to monitor water quality along the entire length of the Savannah River.
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[Intelligent River® website]

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Ecological Restoration

Clemson faculty worked with the City of Aiken and Hitchcock Woods Foundation to formulate an Ecological Restoration Master Plan for Sand River. The Plan established goals, policies and guidelines for the long-term Sand River restoration program. The Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure Project incorporates sustainable development practices to capture and treat stormwater in downtown watersheds.

[View Sand River project site]       [View Aiken Green Infrastructure project site]



‘We all live downstream’

The Center's stormwater education and awareness program, Carolina Clear, addresses the special significance of South Carolina's water resources and the role they play in the state's economy, environmental health and overall quality of life. Carolina Clear’s goal is to minimize polluted stormwater runoff by educating various audiences about how they can keep water as clean as possible.
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[Carolina Clear web site]

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Discussing Water Challenges

The purpose of the S.C. Water Resources Conference (www.scwaterconference.org) is to provide an open forum to discuss current water policies, research projects and water management in the state. The conference is coordinated by the Institute of Computational Ecology and the Center in conjunction with a statewide planning committee. The event attracts over 120 presenters and features a student poster competition. Held every other year, the next conference will take place October 15-16, 2014 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

[SCWRC web site]


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Watershed Stewardship

Any concerned resident can be a steward of a watershed. The South Carolina Watershed Stewardship mapping tool links volunteers to organizations and encourages stewardship to help protect and restore our valuable water resources. Your time and efforts can make a difference in protecting and improving the health of your local waterway. You can utilize the mapping tool to select various locations statewide to identify local groups working in your communities.

[SC Watershed Stewardship Mapping Tool site]


The Center for Watershed Excellence was established in 2008 to work with local communities to identify watershed issues, develop site-based solutions toward economic and environmental sustainability, procure funding sources and provide "one-stop-shop" watershed planning and management support within South Carolina. The Center is part of Clemson University's Institute of Computational Ecology and is an EPA-designated Center of Excellence in Watershed Management.

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 2012 Annual Report for the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence is available at this link - DOWNLOAD CWE Annual Report (PDF File, 6MB).

In July of 2013, U.S. EPA Region 4 and SCDHEC recognized the Center for its success and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding for another five years - read the EPA press release here.

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