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ACSEC E-Newsletter

March/April 2014

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Pond Management
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
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Be Wise if You Fertilize
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Create Your Own Carolina Yard

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Rain Garden Manual

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Residential Rainwater Harvesting Manual

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Coastal Friendly Living Guide and Links to other SC Sea Grant Publications

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This booklet explores tidal creek ecosystems and the various threats to the valuable services they provide

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Guide for Community Associations

Stormwater Pond Maintenance

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Free for Teachers:


New SC Standards-Based 

Watershed Lessons and Interactive Whiteboard Activities



SC Green Steps Program



Disposing of Household Waste


County Solid Waste and Recycling Center Info 

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SC Coastal Information Network Website Search for Training Opportunities

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Mark Storm Drains In Your Neighborhood and Promote Awareness that Storm Drains and Ditches Connect to SC's Waterways
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On February 22nd, an estimated 1500 plants were transplanted from Sullivan's Island to Folly Beach as part of the Great Seaoat Rescue. This impressive effort was organized by the SC Native Plants Society, CCPRC & the Surfrider Foundation. The translated plants removed were in the path of a future interpretive trail, and in their new location these plants will help to stabilize the dunes & protect Folly Beach County Park. 
Tip of the Month: Proper Paint Disposal
Keep Paint Out of Our Storm Drains & Waterways



Have a big Spring paint job planned soon? Use these tips to save money and keep paint out of our storm drains and waterways! Remember that local regulations can vary so contact your public utility for specifics for your community.
  1. Calculate how much paint you need before you buy (and save money, too!)When planning for a project, we often buy too much paint and must find a way to handle the leftovers. Talk to a salesperson at a paint retailer for calculation assistance.
  2. Dispose of paint chips properly. If removing old paint from outside your home, be sure to pick up all paint chips and dispose of in the trash. If using a pressure-washer to remove paint, contain water and do not allow runoff to flow to a drain, gutter, ditch or waterway. If chips are from marine paint or paint that contains lead, contact your local household hazardous waste collection facility for information on how to dispose.
  3. Never rinse paint brushes down a storm drain. Questions on how to clean paint brushes are common and methods vary depending on the type of paint. For water-based (latex) paints, rinse out brushes with water in a sink or contain outdoors by using a bucket. Pour rinse water down a sink that drains to the sanitary sewer.  Oil-based paints are considered a hazardous waste. Never wash oil-based paints down any sink, drain or outside. For oil-based paint, clean brushes with paint thinner in a sealable container and contact your nearest Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for disposal information.
  4. Recycle or donate leftover paint! Contact a Recycling Center near you to find out if they offer a recycled paint program. Or, donate to a friend or needy organization! 

For information on a Recycling Center or Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities near you, visit:

  SCDHEC Recycling Program website .   


Source: American Coatings Association 

New Resource!

Do you live near or next to the salt marsh? If so, we have the fact sheet for you!

Learn more about buffer establishment & responsible gardening practices recommended for yards adjacent to the salt marsh. "Life along the Salt Marsh: Protecting Tidal Creeks with Vegetative Buffers" is housed in the SC Waterways library. Click HERE to read more!



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Save the Date! 
Charleston Area Stormwater
Pond Management Conference
May 22, 2014
Save the Date! The second, bi-annual Charleston Area Stormwater Pond Management Conference will be held on May 22, 2014 at Trident Technical College. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from the experts on how to maintain your pond to control flooding, protect water quality, and keep your community beautiful!  Registration will open and additional information will be shared by April 1 at www.ashleycooper.org.


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Community Fairs and Festivals
March-April 2014

Spring has sprung, and in the Charleston Tri-County area this means the opportunity to attend a community-based fair or festival, many of which are themed around the Earth Day Celebration. Keep an eye out for the ACSEC booth, we hope to see you there!  

Berkeley County Earth Day

When: Saturday, March 15 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Where: Cypress Gardens

Learn more HERE 


Flowertown Festival

When: Friday to Sunday, April 4-6

Where: Downtown Summerville

Learn more HERE 


MUSC Earth Day

When: Tuesday, April 15

Where: MUSC "Horseshoe"

Learn more HERE 


Charleston County Earth Day

When: Saturday, April 26 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Where: Riverfront Park, North Charleston

Learn more HERE 



SC Native Plants Society Native Plant Sale
March 15
Native Plants = Healthy Habitats

Interested in finding native plants to help our pollinators and create a water-wise backyard? The SC Native Plants Society (SC NPS) Spring native plant sale will not disappoint! This is your chance to find a diverse array of native plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and grasses, at a nice price! SC NPS volunteers will be there to help answer your questions and point you in the right direction. The spring sale is always very popular, so best to get there early!

When: March 15 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM
Members can start shopping at 8:30AM
Where: Charles Towne Landing
Who: SC Native Plants Society, Lowcountry Chapter
Sale is open to the general public

Learn more at scnps.org/lowcountry

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Carolina Yard Gardening School
March 22
Don't miss your chance to attend the 2014 Carolina Yards Gardening School - Register Today! This full day event will feature garden lectures, workshops, educational exhibits, plant problem diagnosis clinic, a Making It Grow Q&A, a chance to win door prizes and more. Topics covered include heirloom vegetable seeds, integrated pest management, life along the shoreline, landscape design, gardening for birds and much more. Participants receive one soil test and complimentary compost. Learn from the experts and meet new friends; lunch and refreshments included! 

When: March 22, from 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Where: Charleston Exchange Park
Register and Learn More: HERE

This effort is offered in partnership between Clemson Extension Service, Tri-County Master Gardeners Association, Exchange Park, Charleston County Recycle, Carolina Clear and the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium. 

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Carolina Yard Five Week Online Class
Start May 8
"Carolina Yards Online Guide to Environmentally Friendly Gardening" is a five week online course aimed to help participants create an attractive and healthy yard by working with South Carolina's environment rather than against it. The course is self-paced and can be done in the comfort of your very own home! Learn through this interactive online classroom and meet peers from around the state! The Spring course starts soon!

To learn more email CarolinaYards@clemson.edu
Or, visit the Carolina Yard website at www.clemson.edu/cy

Clemson 4-H2O Summer Camp
June 16-20, July 7-11
Registration is now open for Clemson's 4-H2O "Exploring Lowcountry Waterways" Summer Camp.  Youth will learn about watershed stewardship and coastal ecology by exploring their local watersheds, from cypress knees to sandy beaches! Along the way we will kayak, dip net, travel aboard boats, walk swamp boardwalks, view microscopic life, take water quality samples and much more. We will also meet many friends, such as experts from SC SeaGrant, SC DNR, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, CCPRC and SC Audubon! 

This camp is offered by Clemson Extension Carolina Clear and 4-H Program and is open to youth in the Tri-County area ages 10-13. 

To learn more and to register click HERE  
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From Seeds to Shoreline Teacher Workshop
June 25
The "From Seeds to Shoreline" teacher workshop series provides an opportunity for teachers to learn more about the S2S program as well as get a little muddy, too! The teacher workshop is now a prerequisite for new teachers joining the program. All grade levels and content areas are welcome, but registration is a must.  The lineup for the 2014 summer is as follows:

June 25 - Charleston Area Workshop
June 26 - Beaufort Area Workshop
June 27 - Georgetown/Myrtle Beach Area Workshop

Learn more at SC Sea Grant. Registration to post soon.
Questions? Email EV Bell.


Thank you! for reading this edition of the Ripple Effect, the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC) E-newsletter. Like ripples on the water, we hope you will pass on your knowledge, and this newsletter, to others. 

Thank You!
for protecting SC's water resources!
Storm Drains and Ditches Lead to SC Waterways

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The ACSEC is a regional partnership between counties, municipalities, universities, state and local agencies, non-profits and other organizations in the Tri-County region. 
The ACSEC mission: 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. 
Thank You!

For Protecting South Carolina's Waterways 


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