The Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium is a partnership between communities (MS4s), universities, agencies and non-profits working together to implement a regional, watershed-scale stormwater runoff education strategy in the Charleston urbanized area.

Mission Statement

To improve water quality within the Ashley and Cooper River basins by providing educational opportunities on stormwater impacts and our community roles in supporting healthy, fishable, and swimmable waterways.

Program Goals

  • Develop and implement an education plan that defines a cohesive education strategy which outlines target audiences and associated pollutants relevant to the region using a prioritized approach.

  • Facilitate compliance with existing and future educational regulatory requirements by capitalizing on local resources and service providers.

  • Foster citizen involvement in stormwater management through ACSEC education and participation programs.

  • Encourage behavioral change towards environmental quality improvement through stormwater education.

  • Utilize mainstream and developing technologies and tools to maximize citizen exposure to ACSEC stormwater goals and objectives.

  • Create an interactive reporting process to facilitate information exchange and dissemination among member entities.

Education Priorities

Residential Audiences

Home landscaping nutrient management: Proper application of fertilizer, use of low to no-phosphorous fertilizers

Residential stormwater pond management: Proper maintenance, homeowner association responsibilities, and neighborhood awareness

Bacteria management: Proper disposal of dog waste; proper maintenance of sink drains and septic tank systems

Commercial Audiences

Landscapers and pond management company nutrient management: Proper application of fertilizer, use of low to no-phosphorous fertilizers, post construction pond maintenance

Restaurants and hospitality fats, oils, and grease management: Proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease

Automotive business oil, grease, and hazardous fluids management: Proper management and disposal of petroleum and hazardous materials