We offer educational programs for youth, adults, residential/commercial and professional/technical audiences. This includes schools and universities, civic and youth groups, scout troops, homeowners’ associations, garden clubs, and water quality interest groups. As part of Carolina Clear, ACSEC works side by side with partners on a variety of programs to educate and involve a wide range of audiences in stormwater management and pollution prevention. Contact your local Water Resources Extension Agent for resources, information on upcoming programs, and how we can best meet your needs. Many of our existing programs are listed below. To stay informed of upcoming opportunities, sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter "The Ripple Effect".Ripple Effect E-newsletter Sign-up
Clemson University offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.
Should you require special accommodations due to disability, please notify our office ten days prior to the event.
Programs to Highlight:
Storm Drain Markers
Storm drains lead directly to waterways, so it is important to warn people not to put anything down a storm drain. Your group can help by marking storm drains in local neighborhoods or parking lots. We will provide your group with the markers and adhesive. Only rain down the storm drain.
Healthy Pond Series
A community-based discussion series for pond owners to learn and share stormwater pond management solutions.
Be Well Informed
Be Well Informed: Clemson Extension’s Be Well Informed is an education program that provides private drinking well owners with the opportunity to learn about well maintenance best practices and water quality. As part of this program, participants can have their well-water screened for recommended parameters that include information on pH, salinity, nitrates, and pathogen presence.
Stream Bank Repair
Stream Bank Repair: Clemson’s Stream Bank Repair program works with homeowners, land managers, park staff, and landscape professionals to address unhealthy stream banks that are suffering from erosion and instability. Workshops will provide insight on how watersheds function and will identify steps needed to stabilize and revegetate stream banks.
Master Rain Gardener
Carolina Rain Garden Initiative: The Carolina Rain Garden Initiative provides tools and resources to assist with the installation of rain gardens in diverse settings such as yards, schoolyards, community centers and more. Follow this link to learn more about the Master Rain Gardener program.
Master Pond Manager
Master Pond Manager: The Master Pond Manager achievement course is designed to teach participants a wide range of pond management knowledge and skills. As a "hybrid" course combining online and face-to-face learning, it incorporates self-paced lectures, discussion, quizzes, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction, along with hands-on participation activities in the field.
Master Gardener: The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program trains, selects, and utilizes knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering researched-based information to citizens of the state.
Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector(CEPSCI): The purpose of the CEPSCI Program is to educate field personnel on the proper installation, maintenance and inspection of erosion prevention and sediment control measures at construction sites to meet state and local regulations.
Post Construction Best Management Practice Inspector: The Post-Construction BMP Inspector program trains professionals in methods and strategies for conducting routine and thorough inspections of stormwater management practices.
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Rain Barrel Program
Rain Barrels: Rain barrels can help you conserve water and reduce runoff. Learn more about rainwater harvesting and water conservation from Clemson’s Rainwater Harvesting Manual for Homeowners.
4-H2O -Exploring Watershed summer camps: 4H2O is a water-based 4-H science camp that runs in more than 15 counties across South Carolina, allowing students an opportunity to learn and experience this state’s water resources first-hand. The camps focus on hands-on science inquiry to provide children and adults with knowledge about their local water resources and teach them the field, analytical and critical thinking skills they need to participate in water quality protection.
Seeds to Shoreline
From Seeds to Shoreline (S2S): This is South Carolina’s only salt marsh Restoration program designed for students. The program is focused on training K-12 teachers how to lead their classroom in a year-long marsh restoration.