Water Resources Associate
Carolina Clear Program Coordinator
Water Resources Program Team, Charleston County Cooperative Extension Office, Public Service Activities
Office: Charleston County
M Resilient Urban Design
Clemson University 2022
MS Environmental Studies
College of Charleston 2008
Presbyterian College 2002
Master Rain Gardener
Master Pond Manager
Post Construction BMP Inspector
Certificate in Native Plant Studies
Charleston Trident Association of Realtors-Land Water Connection
Kim Morganello is a Water Resource Associate for Clemson Extension, based in Charleston, South Carolina. Kim focuses her work on community resiliency and adaptation as it relates to water quantity and quality concerns. Kim has developed tools, resources and programming to broaden the application of landscape-level best management practices, in particular rain gardens, wetland restoration, vegetative buffers, rainwater harvesting, living shorelines, stormwater pond retrofits and native plant landscaping. Kim Coordinates Clemson Extension’s Carolina Clear program, providing support to the six regional stormwater consortiums in the state and the 42 participating local governments. Kim also serves as the Assistant Program Team Leader for Extension’s Water Resources Team and enjoys collaborative development of innovative Extension pedagogy and strategic planning to better steward water resources for current and future generations.
Extension and Outreach
Kim specializes in landscape-level best management practices associated with managing water for quality and quantity. Kim has designed and installed green infrastructure demonstration projects in areas around the state, site features include floating wetlands, rainwater harvesting systems, vegetative buffers, rain gardens, pollinator gardens and native plant landscaping. In 2018, in collaboration with a team of Extension Specialists, Associates and Agents, Kim coordinated the development of Clemson Extension's Master Rain Gardener program. Master Rain Gardener is a hybrid certification program that teaches rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and implementation. As of 2021, Master Rain Gardener has had participants from over 50 cities and towns in South Carolina, as well as participants from across the eastern seaboard ranging from New York to Florida. In 2021, South Carolina issued a permitting process for living shorelines. Kim has collaborated with agency partners including SCDNR, SC-DHEC, TNC, and more, to develop living shorelines educational materials; this includes a living shorelines contractor course to launch in the fall of 2022. Kim is an instructor for multiple Clemson Extension certification courses including Master Pond Manager, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and Post Construction BMP Inspector. Kim has also enjoyed being part of community-based salt marsh restoration efforts through her involvement in the SC Sea Grant led "From Seeds to Shorelines" program since 2011. Kim provides programming focused on upland management practices for tidal creek and salt marsh health.
Guide to Rain Gardens in South Carolina" Kimberly Counts Morganello and Dr. Amy Scaroni. December 2016. clemson.edu/raingarden.
"Water Management in the Home Landscape" Kimberly Counts Morganello. July 2020. HGIC Publication 1884. https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/water-management-in-the-home-landscape/
"Life Along the Salt Marsh: Troubleshooting Salt Marsh Decline" Kimberly Counts Morganello. January 2021. HGIC Publication 1891. https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/life-along-the-salt-marsh-troubleshooting-salt-marsh-decline/
"Best Practices for Application of Harvested Rainwater on Edibles" Kimberly Counts Morgnaello. September 2015. HGIC Publication 1728. http://www.clemson.edu/hgic.
"Rainwater Harvesting Systems Guidance for Schoolyard Applications" Kimberly Counts Morganello. September 2015. HGIC Publication 1729. http://www.clemson.edu/hgic.
"An Introduction to Native Plants in SC Landscapes" Kimberly Counts Morganello and Cathy Reas Foster. April 2015. HGIC Publication H2O-010. http://www.clemson.edu/hgic.
The Carolina Yardstick Workbook. Pachota, Sara and Katie Giacalone, Kimberly Counts and Amy Dabbs. 2014. http://www.clemson.edu/carolinaclear.
LinksClemson Carolina Clear
Clemson Extension Water Resource Team
Master Rain Gardener
Life Along the Salt Marsh: Protecting Tidal Creeks with Vegetative Buffers